M-PACT year 2 report: Developing sustainable capacity to tackle MDG6 in West Africa

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M-PACT (Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 Partnership for African Clinical Training) is a 3-year project, sponsored by the Ecobank Foundation, and run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in partnership with the West African College of Physicians (WACP).

Report summary

The project aims to support WACP member countries in tackling HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, with a focus on sustainability through building local capacity. This report reviews the progress in achieving aims and objectives during year 1.

I used the knowledge gained from the M-PACT training to educate surveillance officers on the epidemic investigation. I have also been involved in training of healthcare workers on TB/HIV coinfection.

Ibadan course participant

Year 2 successfully built on the foundations established during the first year of M-PACT:

  • founding of three high-quality regional MDG6 training centres
  • delivery of two 'Doctors as educators' courses
  • staging of three clinical training courses.

Like year 1, the second year of this programme saw significant gains in participant learning and a continuation of positive feedback from course participants and faculty:

  • Seven clinical courses and one 'Doctors as educators' course were delivered, training 267 doctors.
  • An additional training centre was established in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Preparations were completed for establishing the final training site in Sierra Leone next year.