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Public private partnership in in-service training of physicians: the millennium development goal 6-partnership for African clinical training (M-PACT) approach

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Title: Public private partnership in in-service training of physicians: the millennium development goal 6-partnership for African clinical training (M-PACT) approach
Authors: Oleribe, OO
Salako, BL
Akpalu, A
Anteyi, E
Ka, MM
Deen, G
Akande, T
Abellona, MRU
Lemoine, M
McConnochie, M
Foster, M
Walker, R
Taylor-Robinson, SD
Jawad, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Introduction: in-service training of healthcare workers is essential for improving healthcare services and outcome. Methods: the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 Partnership for African Clinical Training (M-PACT) program was an innovative in-service training approach designed and implemented by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and West African College of Physicians (WACP) with funding from Eco Bank Foundation. The goal was to develop sustainable capacity to tackle MDG 6 targets in West Africa through better postgraduate medical education. Five training centres were establised: Nigeria (Abuja, Ibadan), Ghana (Accra), Senegal (Dakar) and Sierra Leone (Freetown) for training 681 physicians from across West Africa. A curriculum jointly designed by the RCP-WACP team was used to deliver biannual 5-day training courses over a 3-year period. Results: of 602 trained in clinical medicine, 358 (59.5%) were males and 535 (88.9%) were from hosting countries. 472 (78.4%) of participants received travel bursaries to participate, while 318 (52.8%) were residents in Internal Medicine in the respective institutions. Accra had the highest number of participants (29.7%) followed by Ibadan, (28.7%), Dakar, (24.9%), Abuja, (11.0%) and Freetown, (5.6%). Pre-course clinical knowledge scores ranged from 35.1% in the Freetown Course to 63.8% in Accra Course 1; whereas post-course scores ranged from 50.5% in the Freetown course to 73.8% in Accra course 1. Conclusion: M-PACT made a positive impact to quality and outcome of healthcare services in the region and is a model for continued improvement for healthcare outcomes, e.g malaria, HIV and TB incidence and mortality in West Africa.
Issue Date: 25-Jan-2018
Date of Acceptance: 6-Jan-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/58756
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.11604/pamj.2018.29.77.14480
ISSN: 1937-8688
Volume: 29
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Obinna Ositadimma Oleribe et al. The Pan African Medical Journal - ISSN 1937-8688. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Continuous professional development
public-private partnership
postgraduate medical education
in-service training
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: ARTN 77
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