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Education and Training for People from Low and Middle Income Countries


Child 2015

CHILD2015 addresses the information and learning needs of those responsible for the care of children in developing countries, including mothers, fathers and family caregivers as well as health workers. Its remit includes children’s rights to health and healthcare, and the social determinants of health.

The goal of CHILD2015 is that by 2015, every child worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider.

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Commonwealth Scholarships

These are designed mainly (but not only) for people in low and middle income members of the Commonwealth to be able to gain more learning or skills. Individuals are nominated by identified universities in the member country.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The CSC supports over 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development each year.

The awards are funded by the Department for International Development (for developing Commonwealth countries), and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Scottish Government (for developed Commonwealth countries), in conjunction with UK universities. The CSC also nominates UK citizens for scholarships to study in other Commonwealth countries under the CSFP.

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MedicineAfrica is an online health facility which enables doctors and other healthcare professionals to receive clinical support and training live from faculty and clinical supervision around the world interacting in small groups.

  • Its aim was to harness the knowledge capital in resource rich healthcare systems and find a conduit, through innovative technology to share it with developing countries. Through an online network and clinical case based live tutorials doctors throughout the world are able to deliver clinical teaching to the ‘bed-side’ in Africa.
  • It a high level of professional connectedness between fragiles states and areas which are more resource rich has been established.
  • MedicineAfrica is responsive to the needs of its users as teaching and training is on Medical cases seen by the doctors in Somaliland themselves and finance goes only to support the online architecture.

It is currently expanding its programmes to Sierra Leone, Ghana, Palestine and Zimbabwe to support postgraduate paediatric training in Sierra Leone and Cancer Care training in Ghana. Together these programmes will hopefully continue to contribute to a flatter world of care for patients.

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Mothers of Africa

Mothers of Africa is a medical education charity set up in 2005 to train anaesthetic medical staff in Sub Suharan Africa to care for mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. It has been working in Benin, Ethiopia, Liberia and Togo. 

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Multi-agency International Training and Support (MAITS)

MAITS exists to empower educational and health professionals to enhance and develop the service they provide to people with disabilities in resource-poor settings through sharing knowledge and practice.  

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People's University

The People's University is based in Manchester and provides distance learning in public health for people working in resource poor settings. The rationale is that most low to middle income countries (LMIC) currently have to cope with a wide range of health problems that interfere with their future economic development. A trained workforce of health professionals is essential to improve the health of the population, however human resources for health are limited for a number of reasons. The People's Open Access Education Initiative (Peoples-uni) aims to offer high quality and low cost education in Public Health to assist with Public Health capacity-building. 

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Teaching Aids at Low Cost (TALC)

TALC was founded in 1965 by Prof. David Morley CBE. Its main objective is to promote the health of childen and advance medical knowledge and teaching in the UK and throughout the world by providing and developing low cost educational materials. 

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