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Programmatic Award: Ethiopia's Medical Education Consortium for Quality Medical Education & Retention

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

Addis Ababa University

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Derbew, Milliard

Project Contact Information


Year(s) Awarded


Collaborating Country



Hawassa University
Haremaya University
Defense Forces Medical School
University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Emory University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Wisconsin

Project Description

Abstract Text: Facing one of the most significant health workforce shortages in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia recently undertook a major expansion of higher education including opening 5 new medical schools and a threefold expansion of class size at existing institutions. The applicant consortium of Ethiopian medical schools including Addis Ababa, Hawassa, and Haremaya Universities and the Defense Forces Medical Colleges currently trains almost half of the country's medical students. Through MEPl, this consortium will address 3 strategic objectives: 1) Improvement of the medical education system by increasing the number of physicians and quality of training, 2) Human capacity building and retention through enhanced recruitment and retention of qualified academic medical faculty, and 3) Enhancement of research and bioethics capacity through development of expertise and opportunities to conduct clinical, public health and implementation science research. They will do so utilizing innovative teaching methods for both medical students and faculty, and by providing additional clinical training opportunities such as sub-specialty fellowships, HIV certificate fellowship for generalists, clinical educator pathways, career mentoring and opportunities for research training and mentorship. The proposed activities will be undertaken in collaboration with US university partners, will be rolled out in phases, will be rigorously evaluated and will include a consortium of Ethiopian medical schools - all of which should help ensure successful achievement of the above aims with a broad impact. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Ethiopia has less than one physician for every 39,000 people and is in the process of trying to rapidly scale up the number of physicians. This project will support new ways of training medical students, improving the quality of their training and provide additional opportunities for medical faculty that may help ensure they stay in Ethiopia to train the future generations of physicians.

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

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