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Africa effort targets medical education.

A new initiative will work to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa to help improve the area's research capacity and pool of well-trained clinicians, the National Institutes of Health announced in March.

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative will give awards to develop or expand models of medical education that increase local health worker and research availability. The plan is to give nine program awards as well as six awards that support non-communicable diseases and priority health areas related to and beyond HIV/AIDS as well as creating one coordinating center.

"As new scientific discoveries are made about both infectious and non-communicable diseases, it is vital that we develop research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa so that advances can be quickly adapted for local use," said NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD.

The effort, which will work in collaboration with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is a joint project of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and 19 components of NIH.
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Title Annotation:GLOBE IN BRIEF
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:May 1, 2010
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