Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is among the U.S. medical schools and universities involved in an initiative to invest $130 million over five years to transform African medical education and dramatically increase the number of health workers.
Through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), faculty at the Center for Global Health will participate in a consortium to enhance medical knowledge and skills at the six leading medical schools in Nigeria. The consortium, led by the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, will emphasize excellence in health service delivery to the community and will develop clinical and translational research competencies of medical students, physician trainees, and public health graduate students. David Olaleye, PhD, and Isaac Adewole, MBBS, who are both faculty at University of Ibadan and adjunct professors at Feinberg, are the principal investigators on the award. Robert L. Murphy, MD, director of the Center for Global Health, is the project director for Northwestern University.
“We must dramatically transform African medical education to increase the number of qualified care providers available and develop the scientific expertise needed for research and innovation,” said Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at the Department of State. “This expertise will empower countries to lead health programs and fulfill their responsibility for the health of their people.”
Grants have been awarded directly to African institutions in a dozen countries and the initiative includes a network of about 30 regional partners, country health and education ministries, and more than 20 U.S. collaborators.
The goal is to retain 140,000 new health care workers and improve the capacity of partner countries to deliver primary health care.