Medical Training and Fellowship (METAF) Programme

The Medical Training and Fellowship (METAF) Programme is a partnership with the British Council aimed at reducing the burden of cancer and neurological disorders across East Africa. METAF is sponsored by the East African Development Bank (EADB).

What we are doing

METAF is an ambitious 4-year initiative to build oncology and neurology capacity in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda by increasing access to specialist training. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is working with the British Council (programme administrator) to deliver four intensive 'Train the trainer' courses, and a total of 28 clinical skills courses across the two specialties.

By the end of April 2019, 600 East African physicians will have received training. 


Courses are open to physicians based in the four participating countries who hold a bachelor of medicine or surgery qualification and those who have completed / are currently in a master of medicine (MMed) programme.

During 2017, the partners delivered nine courses with 145 East African physicians receiving training. The total number of physicians trained now stands at 244.


Outstanding participants from both specialties will be invited to undertake a 2-year academic and clinical training fellowship in the UK to further develop their skills, with the first placements beginning early 2018.