RCP joins METAF programme to increase neurology and oncology specialty skills in East Africa

The East Africa Medical Training and Fellowship (METAF) programme has been launched in Nairobi, Kenya. METAF is aimed at building capacity to manage cancer and neurological disorders across East Africa and is a collaboration between the RCP, the East African Development Bank (EADB) and the British Council.

Aims and objectives

Over the next 4 years, the programme partners will increase access to highly-trained oncology and neurology specialists in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda by:

  • delivering four 7-day ‘Train the trainer’ courses (oncology only), ensuring that those enlisted to teach at the subsequent clinical skills courses have excellent skills in transferring knowledge to adults
  • delivering 28 intensive clinical skills courses focusing on the early detection and effective treatment of cancer and neurological disorders
  • facilitating 2-year specialist academic and clinical training fellowships in the UK to enable outstanding clinical course participants to further develop their skills.

The RCP has been appointed as the programme's technical partner, with members selected based on professional expertise and experience teaching in resource-poor settings responsible for guiding the development of course curricula and delivering clinical skills training alongside local course convenors and faculty members.

Commenting on the launch of METAF, RCP president Professor Jane Dacre said:

I'm extremely proud that we have this opportunity to use the RCP’s expertise to support our colleagues in the East African region. This programme is an excellent example of the RCP's commitment to developing physicians throughout their careers.

The application process for East African physicians interested in participating in the programme is now open.

For more information, please visit the EADB website or contact the RCP International Office.