The IndependentMonday, 12 August 2013By Ivan Rugambwa
Excerpt:"According to the World Health Organization (WHO) despite the fact that Africa carries 24% of the global disease burden, it has only 3% of the global health workforce. Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest workforce density of approximately 2.17 doctors per 1000 people. In Uganda alone, the ratio of doctor: Patient is a paltry 12doctors:100,000 people. Yet in some other parts of Africa, the number is even lower.Thus on Tuesday August 6th the MEPI community converged at Serena for its third annual symposium, a 3day event that ran under the theme, “Sharing innovations, Enhancing Sustainability” so as to evaluate their performance for the past two years in their attempt to provide sustainable solutions to the health challenges that continue to haunt the African continent."
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The IdependentFriday, 23 August 2013By Ivan Rugambwa
Excerpt:"Healthcare workers are the heart and soul of healthcare delivery systems, says Ambassador Scott DeLisi. Every two days, at least one doctor heads to the airport of a poor African country and flies off to work in Europe or America. Up to 2000 doctors have left in the last 10 years; leaving Africa with the highest disease burden in the world and the lowest number of health workers.Now, universities in 12 African countries have come together to try to stop prospective health workers fleeing as soon as they graduate. Grouped under the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, the universities want to offer the health workers pre-graduation conditions similar to what is available in the developed world."
The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is a coordinated effort led by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).