The Expanded PI Council Meeting

on Friday, 11 March 2016.

The Expanded PI Council group photoThe Expanded PI Council group photoThe Expanded PI Council Meeting was held on 18 and 19 January, 2016 at Marriott Apartment Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Issues discussed included overview of the of Expanded PI Council, its name and Constitution, MEPI Year 5 report, MEPI close out and Year 6 MEPI Symposium. The meeting was attended by the ACHEST Executive Director and the Director, Education and Training.

“MEPI WINDING DOWN”

on Tuesday, 17 November 2015.

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative was a 5 year program launched in September 2010 and was implemented through to August 2015. ACHEST, as part of the CC, was actively involved in coordinating school activities as well as providing technical assistance in health professions education. All the grantee schools have been granted one year of no cost extension up to August 2016 in which to accomplish planned and ongoing activities. The coordinating center was granted three months of no cost extension to compile MEPI at year 5 report. The activities of MEPI during the no cost extension period will continue under the expanded PI Council chaired by Miliard  Derbew from Addis Ababa University. ACHEST has been requested to serve as a secretariat during this period.

PI Council meeting on 13th

on Tuesday, 27 October 2015.

PI council meeting took place on 13th October, 2015 in Kabira Country Club in Kampala Uganda. The meeting was attended by 10 PIs HRSA, NIH by Skype and ACHEST

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PI Council year 5 MEPI report Leadership writting team on 12

on Tuesday, 27 October 2015.

MEPI at Year 5 Report Writing Leadership group meeting took place on 12th October, 2015 in Kabira Country Club in Kampala Uganda. The meeting reviewed the draft report and provided inputs and comments to consider moving forward.

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The site visits Pictures

on Friday, 04 September 2015.

Omaswa Francis ED ACHEST2nd from the right at the University of Zimbabwe site visitOmaswa Francis ED ACHEST2nd from the right at the University of Zimbabwe site visit

 

 

 

 

 

Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde Director MEPI 1st on the right 2nd row at the University of Stellenbosch site visitElsie Kiguli-Malwadde Director MEPI 1st on the right 2nd row at the University of Stellenbosch site visit

 

 

 

MEPI Holds a successful fifth symposium

on Wednesday, 02 September 2015.

Picture OnePicture OneThe Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) has contributed to a PEPFAR goal of adding additional 140,000 health workers to Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) providing a structural support to attainment of PEPFAR’s ambitious goal of a generation free of AIDS.
This was said by OGAC representative, Maureen Goodenow, while making opening remarks at the just concluded MEPI symposium held in Harare, Zimbabwe. Other speakers during the opening session included James Hakim, Chair PI Council who framed the conference, Robert Scott, US deputy head of Mission, key note speaker Amb. Eric Goosby from the University of California San Francisco and Holly Wong, the Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Global Affairs.

The fifth annual MEPI symposium held in harare

on Sunday, 12 July 2015.

The fifth annual MEPI symposium will take place in Harare Zimbabwe on the 14th – 16th July 2015 under theme: “Sustaining MEPI Achievements: Leadership built, lessons learnt, and partnerships created towards an AIDS free generation.” ACHEST is responsible for the organization of symposium and co-chairs the Symposium Steering Committee with the MEPI PI at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences.

This is the last year of MEPI. All the grantee schools and their partners have been working hard to come up with innovations in different areas to improve the quality and quantity of health workers, retain them where they are most needed, and also improve locally driven relevant research.

The symposium offers an opportunity to share these innovations, and examine their impact and sustainability. There will also be a PI Council meeting on 13th July 2015.

2015 Site visits starting soon

on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

Site visits to MEPI universities for 2015 are starting soon. During site visits, representatives from the Principle Investigators (PI) council, US government, ACHEST and George Washington University go to MEPI member universities to monitor and evaluate progress, share experiences, indentify gaps and offer technical advice.

The MEPI representatives meet with students, faculty and representatives from the education ministry, dental and medical councils.

There are 13 universities under MEPI and ACHEST is taking the lead on site visits for 11 of these 13.Click here for the site visit schedule.

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Fourth annual MEPI symposium held in Maputo

on Saturday, 13 December 2014.

Participants during the opening plenaryParticipants during the opening plenary

The theme was optimizing impact in MEPI by catalyzing change and building sustainabilityThe theme was optimizing impact in MEPI by catalyzing change and building sustainabilityThe fourth Annual Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) symposium was successfully held in Maputo, Mozambique from August 5-7, 2014.

The symposium themed “Optimizing impact in MEPI by catalyzing change and building sustainability”, attracted health experts, health professional educators, and development partners across Africa and the world. The 3-day symposium featured plenary sessions, breakout sessions and workshops.

For more details please click on the link below.

http://www.achest.org/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=82&Itemid=459

THE 2014 MEPI SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE

on Monday, 26 May 2014.

The fourth annual Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Symposium will take place on August 5, 6, and 7, 2014 in Maputo – Mozambique at the Joaquim Chissano Internatiobnal Conference Center. The African Coordinating Center (ACHEST) alongside George Washington University, will play a vital role on the pre-conference preparations and onsite management.
The symposium themed “Optimizing impact in MEPI by catalyzing change and building sustainability”, will attract health experts, health professional educators, and their development partners across Africa and the rest of the world. The symposium will feature plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops. The innovations presentations will assure that every school in the MEPI Network has an opportunity to present some aspects of their program.

The diverse activities of the awardee schools are organized into five MEPI thematic areas of increasing the number and quality of HCW's trained; Retaining HCWs over time and in areas where they are most needed; improving regionally relevant research; Ensuring Sustainability and creating Community of Practice.
The sub themes for the fourth annual symposium are: Partnerships: Lessons for MEPI, Innovative Technologies: Impact and Sustainability, Sharing Experiences and Learning together for Impact and Sustainability, Assuring Quality, Regulation and Measurement, and Linking Academic Centers to Health Systems for Sustainability.

All together there are 13 schools in 12 Sub-Saharan African countries 2 of which are pilots. The schools include: University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Zambia, Zambia; Makerere University, Uganda; Stellenbosch University, South Africa; University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe; Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; University of Botswana, Botswana; University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Kililmanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania;  Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana;and University of Malawi, Malawi. The pilot projects are in Malawi and Ghana.

2014 MEPI SITE VISITS

on Friday, 23 May 2014.

site visit 2014site visit 2014Thirteen MEPI year 4 site visits have been successfully completed with ACHEST taking responsibility for site visit checklists preparation, preparing the contents of the binders, procuring hotels and booking flights in nine of the schools namely : Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, University of Zimbabwe, University of Zambia, Stellenbosch University, Eduardo Mondlane University, University of Ibadan, University of Nairobi, and University of Botswana.

MEPI holds third annual symposium.

on Monday, 26 August 2013.

 The third annual Medical Education Partnership Initiative themed “Sharing innovations and Enhancing Sustainability” was held in Kampala – Uganda from 6 - 8 August, 2013 attracting representatives fromUS and African government agencies OGAC, NIH, HRSA, USAID, CDC,African Universities Association, the 13 MEPI schools and their consortium partners, and other development agencies including the World Bank and the African Development Bank, staff from ACHEST and GW coordinating centers. The symposium featured plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops.

The Plenary sessions as well as the breakouts focused on actual case studies and experiences by the schools and the different partners on innovations that have worked for them and how they were implemented as well as measures in place to ensure sustainability. There were also discussions on Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Transformative Learning, Building consortia for sustainability, research training and innovations and education systems innovations.

A full Symposium report will be posted on the MEPI website

 The next MEPI symposium will be held in Maputo, Mozambique in August, 2014.
 

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Linking MEPI to other organizations

on Monday, 05 August 2013.

March16th–20th, Prof Omaswa Francis attended The Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference in Washington DC where he attended a meeting with MEPI PIs and US Government Officials on MEPI and participated on a MEPI Panel.

Prof Omaswa Francis wasa Resident Scholar at the Bellagio, Italy Rockefeller Foundation Center on a writing scholarship awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation between April 14 – May 13.

During May 20th- 26th Dr. Omaswa attended the 66 World Health Assembly in Geneva where he was a moderator of a Side Event co-hosted by the governments of the USA, Uganda and Zimbabwe and was addressed by Health Ministers from these countries and MEPI PIs from Kenya, Zimbabwe and the NEPI Malawi program. Dr Omaswa also moderated a discussion on Health Workforce Migration and a Webinar on HWF skill mix.

Dr. Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde attended the South African Association of Health Educationalists conference in Durban, South Africa, 19-27 July 2013 with a theme “Information to Transformation”. She presented a paper entitled: Faculty Recruitment and Retention in the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) schools.

MEPI 2013 Site visits schedule

on Monday, 05 August 2013.

 

Thirteen site visits have been successfully conducted in the period of March to May. ACHEST has led six of the site visit.

 

Site

Dates (2013)

ACHEST participants

Lead

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

23-24 January

ElsieKiguli- Malwadde

GW led

Nairobi University

4-7 February

ElsieKiguli- Malwadde

GW led

Addis Abba University

4-7 February

Vincent Ojoome

Paschalis Rugarabamu

GW led

University of Zimbabwe

13-15 February

Francis Omaswa

E.Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa

Francis Omaswa

University of Malawi

20-22 February

Vincent Ojoome

Abdel Karim Koumare

GW led

University of

Zambia

5-7March

Abraham

Haileamlak Mitike

ElsieKiguli-Malwadde

Abraham

HaileamlakMitike

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

5-6March

Diaa Elghaili

Francis Omaswa

DiaaElghaili

Stellenbosch University

11-12March

ElsieKiguli-Malwadde

Abdel Karim Koumare

ElsieKiguli-Malwadde

University of Botswana

18-19March

Mwapatsa Mipando

JehuIputo

GW Led

Eduardo

Mondlane University

2-4April

Abraham

Haileamlak Mitike

Vincent Ojoome

GWled

Makerere

University

17-19April

Diaa Elghaili

JehuIputo

GW led

IbadanUniversity

15-19 April

Paschalis Rugarabamu

ElsieKiguli- Malwadde

Paschalis Rugarabamu

Kwa-ZuluNatal

University

22-24 April

ElsieKiguli-Malwadde

Abdel Karim Koumare

ElsieKiguli-Malwadde

Publications

on Monday, 05 August 2013.

 

 One of the MEPI objectives is to strengthen research capacity and to innovate; in line with that, the coordinating centers have published two articles in the Africa Health Journal.

Developing Family MedicineinAfrica.

ElsieKiguli-Malwadde,JanDeMaeseneer,Catherine,Kansiime.

Competency Based Medical Education(CBME).

Francis Omaswa, ElsieKiguli-Malwadde, Seble Frehywot, Fitzhugh Mullan