Strengthening Mentoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries to Advance Global Health Research: An Overview

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 Jan;100(1_Suppl):3-8. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.18-0556.


Mentoring is a proven path to scientific progress, but it is not a common practice in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Existing mentoring approaches and guidelines are geared toward high-income country settings, without considering in detail the differences in resources, culture, and structure of research systems of LMICs. To address this gap, we conducted five Mentoring-the-Mentor workshops in Africa, South America, and Asia, which aimed at strengthening the capacity for evidence-based, LMIC-specific institutional mentoring programs globally. The outcomes of the workshops and two follow-up working meetings are presented in this special edition of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Seven articles offer recommendations on how to tailor mentoring to the context and culture of LMICs, and provide guidance on how to implement mentoring programs. This introductory article provides both a prelude and executive summary to the seven articles, describing the motivation, cultural context and relevant background, and presenting key findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Biomedical Research / education*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Education / organization & administration*
  • Global Health / education*
  • Humans
  • Income / statistics & numerical data
  • Institutionalization
  • Mentoring / economics
  • Mentoring / methods*
  • Mentors*
  • South America
  • Teaching / organization & administration*