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African medical education is evolving quickly as academic institutions harness new technologies and teaching tools, strengthen the breadth and depth of available curricula and ramp up training in rural sites.
Many of these changes are being spurred by the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and NIH, and co-administered by Fogarty and the Health Resources and Services Administration. MEPI participants gathered recently in Uganda to share lessons learned and review progress.
“Your commitment and effort have created a sea change in your programs and in the partnerships and collaborations that have provided such a significant catalyst for innovation and collective effort,” observed Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, who heads PEPFAR. The result, he added, is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
MEPI institutions have reached out to form partnerships with other medical schools in their own countries, as well as with other MEPI grantees, creating a network that now includes some 40 members, a quarter of sub-Saharan Africa’s medical schools. Deans, faculty and other policymakers travel frequently among sites to learn about successful programs they might also adopt and to relay their own experiences. Through these collaborations, they are leveraging resources and expertise so all can benefit from the lessons learned.
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