Challenges and issues in health professions education in Africa

Med Teach. 2007 Nov;29(9):882-6. doi: 10.1080/01421590701821695.


The challenges facing health professions education in Africa focus on physical infrastructure, accreditation systems, student selection and faculty recruitment, retention, and development. Higher education in the health professions must be closely aligned with community health needs, and with the training and support of community health workers. A key ingredient in changing institutions in this way is implementation of effective strategies for strengthening the faculty. In addition, information systems, and their prerequisite stable electric power supply, must be supported by internal public resources combined with external aid. These infrastructure investments will facilitate better quality education, improved diffusion of information among schools, and more useful data for self study by institutions.

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Community-Institutional Relations
  • Faculty / standards
  • Faculty / supply & distribution
  • Health Occupations / education*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy / trends
  • Personnel Selection / standards
  • School Admission Criteria
  • Schools, Health Occupations / organization & administration*
  • Schools, Health Occupations / standards
  • Schools, Health Occupations / supply & distribution
  • Students, Health Occupations / statistics & numerical data