Coordinating Center: Fostering African Medical Education: Community of Excellence

The following grant was awarded by, is supported by, is administered by or is in partnership with the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program

Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Principal Institution

George Washington University

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Mullan, Fitzhugh

Project Contact Information

Year(s) Awarded


Collaborating Country



African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST)

Project Description

The purpose of the George Washington University (GW) Coordinating Center (GWCC) Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is for GW to serve as the coordinating center for multiple MEPI programs and linked grantees focused on improving medical education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa has only 3% of the world's health workers yet 24% of the global disease burden, including the world's highest incidence of maternal and child mortality and the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS and malaria. Its 47 countries only have 148 medical schools that graduate an estimated 6,479 physicians every year, resulting in a severely low physician to population ratio of 15/100,000. We aim to: 1) Provide expert technical support in medical education and research to each program and linked grantee by leveraging our existing partnerships to connect programs with appropriate institutions, organizations, and government leaders; 2) Conduct rigorous, regular evaluations, including formative, summative, and impact evaluations, using validated tools that we will make widely available so schools can improve their programs over the course of the 5-year funding period; 3) Identify research training and technical support needs and link participating schools to training and assistance opportunities for improving their biomedical and behavioral research capabilities, thus motivating researchers and enhancing career options for promising scientists; 4) Coordinate activities to promote a shared mission and relationship-building for MEPI grantees by coordinating face-to-face and virtual meetings with MEPI's multiple stakeholders to build a Community of Excellence in Medical Education and Research in Sub-Saharan Africa; and 5) Build a web-based communications platform to share MEPI outcomes and data to connect stakeholders to the Community of Excellence in Medical Education and Research. This data system will allow us to collect evaluation data and relevant results and will be a gateway to maximize MEPI's local and global impact. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The shortage of physicians and other health workers in Africa contributes to the striking loss of life as well as poor longevity figures. HIV/AIDS burdens countries and its treatment requires high functioning health systems with sufficient providers to develop and maintain it. We will increase training, clinical, and research capacity of medical schools with a focus on faculty and graduate retention, to help PEPFAR increase the number of healthcare workers bv 140.000 to improve health outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Funding in entirety by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

Related World Regions / Countries