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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) builds human capacity for health in Africa by strengthening the medical education system in an environment that values and nurtures research in President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-funded countries. MEPI aims to advance PEPFAR's goal of increasing the number of new health care workers by 140,000; strengthen in-country medical education systems; and build clinical and research capacity in Africa as part of a retention strategy for faculty of medical schools and clinical professors. The 13 awards administered by FIC/NIH are either in a no-cost extension to complete their activities or they have completed. FIC recently issued two new Funding Opportunity Announcements that build on the success of the MEPI program and extend the education development goals to Medical and Nursing Schools: the African Association for Health Professions Education and Research and the Health-professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI). The first would support an association to continue networking activities among health educators in Africa and the second would fund efforts to strengthen training and retention of health care professionals; encourage research to improve and evaluate educational practices; and enhance capacity to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based services with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS. The new initiatives work in collaboration with State Department's Global AIDS Coordinator.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Training Initiative

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