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SAMSS Newsletter, April 30, 2010


Dear Colleague,

The Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) tracks innovations in medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This Newsletter and the website are designed to raise awareness about issues related to medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Using this information, policymakers, donors and medical educators can make informed decisions that will strengthen their health systems.


In this issue:


The African Medical Education Symposium (AMES) 2010

The 2010 African Medical Education Symposium (AMES), held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from April 17 to 19 brought together key leaders in African medical education, health policy, and health system strengthening from academia, government, NGOs, foundations, and global health initiatives.  The purpose of the symposium was to address issues related to capacity building, accountability, sustainability, and retention in medical education in Africa.  The event featured the first reports from systematic medical school site visits and a continental survey of medical schools done by the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study (SAMSS).  Also featured were six Gates Foundation funded learning partnerships between African and American medical schools and reports from a number of innovations from countries and schools in regard to medical education, post graduate medical education, e-learning, and accreditation.  Presentations highlighted collaborative efforts toward improved quality of education, institutional innovations for faculty and graduate retention, and models of problem-based and community-based curricula.

Participants acknowledged that accountable medical education is taking place in Africa, and stressed the need to demonstrate a link between medial education and the health of communities through evidence-based research.  Wide support was found for the revitalization of an African Medical Schools Association, which would link medical schools to enable collaboration with other health professions AFRO (WHO), the African Union, ministers of health, education, and finance, heads of State, and technical and donor partners.  The group judged such an organization essential to promoting the vital work of producing high-quality medical professionals in numbers sufficient to improve the health of Africa’s peoples.

AMES 2010 was sponsored by the MOH and MOE of Tanzania, SAMSS, MUHAS, HKMU, ACHEST, IAFPRESS, NEPADGHWA, WHO, and BMGF.

More information and presentations from the symposium can be found here.



The National Institute of Health in collaboration with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has announced a new initiative to strengthen medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This program supports PEPFAR’s goal to increase the number of new health care workers by 140,000.  The Medical Education Partnership Initiative will also strengthen host-country medical education systems and enhance clinical and research capacity in Africa.

V.C. Burch et al
, compare the retention rates and academic performances of academically at risk students in the Academic Development Programme (ADP) and the Problem-based Learning programme (PBL) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  In a preliminary analysis the authors find that PBL programme may improve retention rates and academic performance of academically at risk students more than the extended traditional programme.

Fatu Yumkella in a technical brief discusses the challenge of worker retention in the human resource for health (HRH) crisis.  The brief highlights contributions made in the area of worker retention between 2005 and 2008.





Francis Omaswa, MBCHB, MMed, FRCS, FCS

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

Co-Chair, SAMSS Advisory Committee



Fitzhugh Mullan, MD

The George Washington University

Principal Investigator, SAMSS


Seble Frehywot, MD, MHSA

The George Washington University

Co-Principal Investigator, SAMSS


On behalf of the SAMSS Advisory Committee



Professor Francis Omaswa presents at AMES 2010

SAMSS Advisory Committee

Magdalena Awases PhD, MA, HMPP, RN

Charles Boelen MD, MPH, MSc

Mohenou Isidore Jean-Marie Diomande MD

Dela Dovlo MB Ch.B, MPH, MWACP

Diaa Eldin Elgaili Abubakr MD
Josefo João Ferro MD

Abraham Halieamlak MD

Jehu Iputo MBChB, PhD

Marian Jacobs MBChB

Abdel Karim Koumaré MD, MPH

Mwapatsa Mipando MSc, PhD

Gottlieb Monekosso MD, DSc, FRCP, FWACP, DTMEH

Emiola Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa MD,. FRCS, FWACS

Francis Omaswa MBCHB, MMed, FRCS, FCS

Paschalis Rugarabamu DDS, MDent

Nelson K. Sewankambo MBChB, M.Sc, M.Med, FRCP

A doctor in training (center) from the University of Gezira, Sudan learns from an experienced nurse midwife (right) and a practicing doctor (right) at a rural health center 

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The SAMSS secretariat is located at The George Washington University Department of Health Policy.
SAMSS is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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