Improving health in Africa: the role of academia

30 Mar 2011

Posted by: Paul Chinnock - Editorial Team

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A collection of papers, focused on work conducted at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda, challenges the notion that Africa’s universities are ‘ivory towers’ that do not make a contribution to solving the health problems of the region.

Published as a supplement in the journal BMC International Health & Human Rights, the collection is based on work funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Collaborative Learning Initiative, which has provided two-year learning grants designed to demonstrate and incentivize the accountability of health professions schools to the problems of society. The grants brought together leading health science schools in sub-Saharan Africa with partner schools in the US to explore the value proposition that academia could bring to the pressing health problems in the region.

Beginning with an introductory article from Professor Joseph Kolars - Senior Associate Dean of Education and Global Initiatives, University of Michigan Medical School - the supplement comprises nine research articles as listed below. The open-access supplement may be accessed here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-698X/11?issue=S1

  • A grander challenge: the case of how Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) contributes to health outcomes in Africa
  • Situational analysis of teaching and learning of medicine and nursing students at Makerere University College of Health Sciences
  • The organization and implementation of community-based education programs for health worker training institutions in Uganda
  • Perception and valuations of community-based education and service by alumni at Makerere University College of Health Sciences
  • Assessing community perspectives of the community based education and service model at Makerere University, Uganda: a qualitative evaluation
  • Makerere University College of Health Sciences’ role in addressing challenges in health service provision at Mulago National Referral Hospital
  • The impact on nurses and nurse managers of introducing PEPFAR clinical services in urban government clinics in Uganda
  • Research translation to inform national health policies: learning from multiple perspectives in Uganda
  • Partnerships towards strengthening Makerere University College of Health Sciences: a stakeholder and sustainability analysis
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    1. rilim Says:

      Thanks for this!
      This may give some answers to the systemic issues in African health care systems. The following article makes a really good point in this regard: http://thinkafricapress.com/health/vaccine-funding-only-part-story

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