[Training in disaster medicine in Africa: where we are in 2013]

Med Sante Trop. 2013 May 1;23(2):233. doi: 10.1684/mst.2013.0202.
[Article in French]


This retrospective study, conducted in 26 African countries where French is the first or second language, identified the postsecondary educational institutions teaching disaster medicine. This subject is taught in various institutions in 7 of the 26 countries (27%), including 3 of 47 colleges, 1 of 6 institutes, 1 military health and medical sciences school, and in civil defense agencies in 2 countries. Teaching disaster medicine is often confined to military physicians. This subject must be recognized as a subject in its own right and must be integrated into the medical school curriculum for doctors in French-speaking Africa.

Keywords: disaster medicine; education; medical school; military medicine; training.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Disaster Medicine / education*
  • Retrospective Studies