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HKMU and the African Medical Education Symposium

Prof.Paschalis Rugarabamu from HKMU to present a paper in South Africa, October 2010

On April 17-19, 2010, The Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study (SAMSS) group, convened the 2010 African Medical Education Symposium in Dar es Salaam. The Symposium hosted approximately 120 attendees from Sub-Saharan African countries, the United States, and Europe. The partners for the Symposium included, Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU); Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences(MUHAS)Tanzania; the Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study (SAMSS) group; The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA); the World Health Organization(WHO); the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD); the African Center for Global Health and Transformation (ACHEST); and the African Institute for Training in Pedagogy (IAFPRESS).

The goal of SAMSS, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to increase the level of practical knowledge about medical education in Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to inform educators, policy makers, and international donors about the challenges and opportunities for increasing the capacity of African medical schools and the retention of their graduates. Prof. Keto Mshigeni, the VC of HKMU, was invited to make Opening Remarks.

HKMU, one of the key partners in SAMSS, was represented by Prof. Paschalis Rugarabamu, who also attended other SAMSS related activities in Khartoum (May 2010), Geneva (June 2010), and recently in Harare (July 2010). He is a also invited to present a paper in October 2010 in South Africa on the topic: “Can a private medical school be socially accountable?”
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