Category Archives: Africa

6 Trends in Medical Education in Africa

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative, a multi-million dollar US government initiative, recently held the Annual MEPI Symposium in Kampala Uganda. In it’s third year of a 5-year grant, the MEPI community has clearly lit up with innovations and progress abound. … Continue reading

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Partnerships in Medical Education – an African Context

As I look across the medical schools involved in the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, it’s interesting to note the different types of ‘partnerships’ that have been stimulated by this investment. As the landscape of medical education evolves to meet the … Continue reading

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How many doctors does Africa need?

According to the 2006 WHO World Health Report, there were 54million health care workers – which includes service providers and administrative/support staff. Still there was a deficit of 4.3million. Of the 57 countries with critical shortages, 36 are in Africa … Continue reading

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mHealth in Africa – examples of success.

Just read a great article on mobile phone use in Africa. It’s a topic that’s become quite popular but reading about specific examples of success and one that even reports the number of hours and money saved. This article gives … Continue reading

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Medical education programs in Africa should follow the trend and start doing homework in the classroom.

The Khan Academy is changing the way the world approaches education. Sal Khan (an MIT grad) provides 10-minute online tutorials on thousands of topics. He makes complicated topics easy to understand. He’s a gifted teacher, he doesn’t charge tuition and … Continue reading

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Can community-based training convince medical graduates in Africa to stay?

How effective is community-based education in retaining graduates in rural service?  The literature on retention focuses mainly on approaches that are in the hands of the government – increased financial incentives, housing, good work environment, opportunities for professional growth and … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Fix Africa’s Healthcare Workforce Shortage

There is a severe health care workforce shortage in Africa. The solution is not to build a western-style system, rather we need to leverage new technologies and low-cost alternatives to build an African-style medical education system that will help train … Continue reading

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