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Medical Education Partnership Initiative

March 8, 2011

American officials and representatives from medical schools from a dozen sub-Saharan African countries met in Johannesburg from March 7-10 to begin forming a network intended to transform medical education in Africa and dramatically increase the quality and quantity of health care workers in the region. 

The United States will provide about $130 million to support the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), through grants that have been awarded directly to African institutions, including two in South Africa.  The awardees are forming a network including about 30 regional partners, country health and education ministries, and more than 20 U.S. collaborators.

The network is supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief—known as PEPFAR—with additional support from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The program is designed to support PEPFAR’s goals to train and retain 140,000 new health care workers and improve the capacity of partner countries to deliver primary health care. 

For more information about the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, please visit:

This podcast of the event contains remarks by:

  • Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
  • Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director, U.S. National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Jean Nachega, Principal Investigator, Medical Education Partnership Initiative award, Stellenbosch University
  • Dr. Umesh Lalloo, Principal Investigator, Medical Education Partnership Initiative award, University of KwaZulu-Natal