Category Archives: East 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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How the mobile phone will soon help Kenyans find a Doctor

This is very cool – set to launch on October 1 this could really change the playing field of mhealth – next on deck is using mobile phones to enable training in the rural sites. “medAfrica from Kenyan startup Shimba … 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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Partnerships in Medical Education Bring Hope to Eritrea

For a small country, Eritrea has recently been getting a lot of attention in the news – issues surrounding the quality of life of it’s citizens, UN sanctions and the disappearance of it’s national soccer team in Kenya.  On a … Continue reading

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Healthcare Challenges in Africa

A team of doctors were debriefing from a recent trip to visit hospitals in Kisumu and Mombasa . Their anecdotes were interesting. They commented on the fact that providers sometimes lack knowledge of current evidence-based practices. I wonder if this is because they don’t have access to current … Continue reading

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