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Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Status: No plans to recompete at this time


Program Overview

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded foreign institutions in sub-Saharan African countries that receive PEPFAR support and their partners to develop or expand and enhance models of medical education. Initial MEPI grants received support from 2010 through 2015.

Students in MEPI site classroom incorporate technology, photo courtesy of Dr James Kiarie 

MEPI grants help sites harness
new technologies and teaching
tools. Download this and other
images from the Photo Gallery
of MEPI Research Sites

MEPI aimed to advance PEPFAR's goal of increasing the number of new health care workers by 140,000; strengthen in-country medical education systems; and build clinical and research capacity in Africa as part of a retention strategy for faculty of medical schools and clinical professors.

MEPI supported African institutions in a dozen countries, forming a network including more than 30 regional partners, country health and education ministries, and more than 20 U.S. and foreign collaborators.

NIH support for Research Training for Career Development of Junior Faculty in MEPI Institutions

Beginning in September 2015, NIH is supporting Research Training for Career Development of Junior Faculty in Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Institutions to strengthen the capacity of MEPI institutions to participate in and carry out locally relevant research that contributes to improved human health, and to foster the next generation of faculty researchers in Africa.

MEPI News and Information


Flora N. Katz, Ph.D.
Director, Division of International Training and Research
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, B2C39
31 Center Drive MSC 2220
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220 USA
Phone: 301-402-9591
Fax: (301) 402-0779


Largely funded by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is jointly administered by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (FIC/NIH) and the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (GHAP/HAB/HRSA).

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Last Updated: 10/2/2019 3:41 PM