Conceptual Framework of Mentoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries to Advance Global Health

Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2019 Jan;100(1_Suppl):9-14. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.18-0557.


Although mentoring is not a common practice in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), there is a strong need for it. Conceptual frameworks provide the structure to design, study, and problem-solve complex phenomena. Following four workshops in South America, Asia, and Africa, and borrowing on theoretical models from higher education, this article proposes two conceptual frameworks of mentoring in LMICs. In the first model, we propose to focus the mentor-mentee relationship and interactions, and in the second, we look at mentoring activities from a mentees' perspective. Our models emphasize the importance of an ongoing dynamic between the mentor and mentee that is mutually beneficial. It also emphasizes the need for institutions to create enabling environments that encourage mentorship. We expect that these frameworks will help LMIC institutions to design new mentoring programs, clarify expectations, and analyze problems with existing mentoring programs. Our models, while being framed in the context of global health, have the potential for wider application geographically and across disciplines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

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