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Health Agencies Update
April 28, 2010

African Medical Education

JAMA. 2010;303(16):1587. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.456

To provide a local supply of physicians who can administer quality long-term care to patients living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have launched a program to strengthen the medical education system on the continent.

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative will bring together expertise and resources from the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, numerous NIH offices, and the Department of Defense. It aims to facilitate PEPFAR's goal of boosting the number of new health care workers in Africa by 140 000.