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Development and quality assurance of post-graduate medical training in family medicine/primary health care in Southern


The developmental overall objective of the project is to contribute to the health of communities through accessible, responsive and quality health care systems in Eastern and Southern (SADC) Africa through the education and training of family physicians who contribute to interdisciplinary, primary health care systems, oriented towards the needs of individuals, their families and the communities in which they live. The specific developmental objective of the project is to produce greater numbers of well-trained family physicians in Eastern and Southern (SADC) Africa who will operate in the framework of primary health care, in collaboration with nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care workers by providing comprehensive, accessible and high quality services. This will contribute to an integration of "vertical programmes" (e.g. HIV/AIDS, anti-natal care, TB) at the level of individuals and families. Such practitioners will focus on the needs of communities utilising the Community Oriented Primary Care approach. The specific academic objective is to establish an institutional network between departments and units of family medicine/primary health care in order to exchange programme content and educational methods, and to introduce a unified system of quality assurance. Moreover, research will be conducted on the strengths and limitations of a "South-South approach" in which developing country professionals exchange experiences and collaborate. The academic overall objective is the planning, development and strengthening of academic departments or units of family medicine that offer family medicine training at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels.

Intervention type

Own Initiatives


01/04/2006 - 31/03/2010

This project is being implemented in:
Local promoter Nelson Sewankambo
Flemish promoter Jan De Maeseneer
Local promoter Khaya Mfenyana
Local partner institution Universiteit Gent
visit www.ugent.be
Local partner institution Makerere University
Other Flemish Partners KU Leuven
visit www.kuleuven.be
Universiteit Antwerpen
visit www.uantwerpen.be
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
visit www.vub.ac.be
Other local partners Aga Khan University
Centre Universitaire Extension de Goma
Global Health through Education Training and Service
visit www.ghets.org
Mbarara University of Science and Technology
visit www.must.ac.ug
Moi University
University of Cape Town
visit https://www.uct.ac.za/
University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of Limpopo
visit https://www.ul.ac.za/
University of Pretoria
visit www.me.up.ac.za
University of the Free State
visit http://www.ufs.ac.za/
Wits University
visit www.wits.ac.za
Walter Sisulu University
Stellenbosch University
visit https://www.sun.ac.za
Budget € 310.000