I’m happy to see the work of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative making into the mainstream media, as a series of articles on their 4-year work is published in Academic Medicine. Since my own NGO, Physicians for Haiti, also focuses on nursing and medical education, I’ve been watching their work with interest, intrigued to see what could occur with significant funding. It appears that quite a lot can get done! I’m still working through the articles, which are numerous, but the discussion had at their session at the CUGH conference earlier this year was robust and overwhelmingly positive in terms of the gains made by nursing, medical, and research faculty.
A promising step for Human Resources for Health, and hopefully an endeavor that can be repeated in other settings of marked resource deprivation. Early steps might include smaller grants to foster more bilateral exchanges between academic centers in resource-replete and resource-limited settings, with a promise to “sprout” with further funding those seeds that meet certain criteria after 2-3 years.