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Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs – mutual learning between Africa and Europe

By Andrew Sansom 17 Dec 2020 0

The saying "Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs" comes from Professor Francis Omaswa when he was running Uganda's clinical services.


It is all about creating health in the home, the workplace, the school, the community and wider society. Creating the conditions for people to be healthy and helping them to be so. This has become even more important during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Lord Nigel Crisp’s latest book, Healthy made at home, hospitals are for repairs, tells the stories of some of the  leading health creators in businesses, towns and communities in the UK. African countries have an even stronger tradition of community activity in health. 
Organised jointly with Lord Crisp, as well as Achest and AFRE Health, this African launch webinar brings together examples of health creation from the UK and Africa. We can all learn from each other in a spirit of mutual learning and co-development.
The webinar panel included:
  • Professor Francis Omaswa, executive, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation


  • Professor Abigail Kazembe, associate professor in midwifery, Kamuzu College of Nursing
  • Professor Miriam K Were, chairman, Kenya’s National AIDS Control Council
  • Heather Henry, Queen’s Nurse; founder, BreathChamps; project manager, Salford Dadz
  • Prof Ged Byrne, founder-director, Uganda-UK Healthcare Alliance; director of global engagement, Health Education England
  • Lord Nigel Crisp, independent crossbench member, House of Lords; former CEO of the NHS in England, 2000-2006

Previous webinars in the 'Building a healthy and health-creating society' series can be found here.