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US funding to train 140 000 African healthcare workers
Mar 13th, 2011 - 17:11:39
Source:* Mail & Guardian*
AUTHOR: Faranaaz Parker
Fellow colleagues, some of us might be beneficiaries of this great
opportunity, thumbs up for PEPFAR Worldwide.
A new programme, funded largely by the United States President's Emergency
Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar), will provide $130-million in grants to
African institutions, with the aim of strengthening medical education and
research training. Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of
Health (NIH), said the goals of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative
(MEPI) are ambitious. "The intention here is, over five years, to train no
less than 140 000 healthcare workers and to provide a real platform for a
wide variety of research activities going forward.
This is not something that has been attempted before," he said. In addition
to supporting doctors, nurses and community healthcare workers, the
programme will help train individuals who can be successful in applying for
grant support to carry out research. Collins said that for too many years,
research in Africa has been unsupported and that often it has been carried
out by foreign institutions. The future of healthcare in Africa would be
brightest if the capacity for research on the continent is strengthened, he
Two South African institutions -- the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and
Stellenbosch University -- are among the dozen African universities involved
in the programme and will receive a portion of the funding through a series
of grants. US officials and representatives from the medicals schools are
meeting in Johannesburg this week to build networks and finds ways to
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Yours' in Prevention Science
Adeyemo Damilare Gabriel
Regional Focal Point - West Africa
Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AID (GYCA)
+234-80-6798-7317 | gabriel (at) gyca.org
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GYCA's mission is to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge,
resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions
amongst their peers.