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Medical and Nursing Education Partnership Initiatives detailed in new book

November/ December 2021 | Volume 20 Number 6

Photo of AFREHealth book: Transforming the Medical/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative Into the African Forum for Reserach and Education in Health.
Photo courtesy of AFREHealth

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth) has published a free, downloadable book documenting progress made through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and its counterpart devoted to nursing, NEPI. MEPI was funded by NIH and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). An NIH Common Fund program, it was led by Fogarty.

Under MEPI, about $130 million was invested to build a network of more than 30 African institutions to strengthen medical education, build research capacity and improve faculty retention. MEPI and NEPI were combined in 2018 to form a new $22 million program, the Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI).

The 146-page book is titled “Transforming the Medical/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative into the African Forum for Research and Education in Health: The Journey So Far" and is available in English, French and Portuguese. The publication is intended to provide a historical perspective, descriptions of lessons learned and a vision for the future.

AFREhealth is an interdisciplinary health professional organization that seeks to work with health ministries, training institutions and other stakeholders to improve health care in Africa through research, education and capacity building. It was launched in 2016 by the joint leadership of MEPI/NEPI and receives Fogarty funding.

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