New US Initiative Seeks to Strengthen African Medical Education

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Department of Health and Human Services are partnering on a USD130 million initiative to upgrade the quality of medical education in Africa. The five-year initiative aims to increase the number of trained health workers in the region.

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative will provide grants to medical institutions in 12 African countries as well bridge these schools with U.S. medical learning centers and universities, according to a news release from the National Institutes of Health.

The initiative seeks to establish an extensive network of 30 health and education ministries in Africa and more than 20 partners in the U.S. It will support PEPFAR’s goal of training and retaining up to 140,000 new health care professionals in the region and improve the capacity of its individual partner countries to delivery basic health care services.

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