Partnering to improve training of health professionals in Africa

RUFORUM is our midwife: Delegates of the P4PHT Project with Dr. Solange Uwituze of RUFORUM Secretariat (2nd right)

RUFORUM is our midwife: Delegates of the P4PHT Project with Dr. Solange Uwituze of RUFORUM Secretariat (2nd right)

Delegates of the Intra-ACP academic mobility project Partnering for Health Professional Training in African Universities (P4PHT)recently made a courtesy call on the RUFORUM Secretariat. The team from 11 universities [1]in nine countries were visiting Makerere University, one of the project partners, and used the opportunity to call in at RUFORUM Secretariat. According to Dr. Isaac Okullo from the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University, the delegates felt it important to visit the Secretariat because “it was the midwife that helped to produce the project”.

At the Secretariat, the team met Dr. Solange Uwituze, the Manager for Training and Quality Assurance and discussed the P4PHT project’s progress as well as new opportunities for support. Dr. Uwituze highlighted the opportunities under the African Centres of Excellence, Erasmus+ and Intra ACP calls for proposals, as well as RUFORUM’s Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Prof. Richard Adam, from the University of Ghana’s School of Public Health and the Project’s Coordinator, thanked RUFORUM for its support right from the proposal writing stage.

The P4PHT Project is funded by the European Union under the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme that supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The project’s goal is to produce high quality health professionals in Africa, with a target of providing 18 scholarships for doctoral studies, 43 for master’s studies and 8 staff exchanges. Under the same mobility scheme, RUFORUM is facilitating the implementation of three projects: Inter- University Cooperation to Train Crop Scientists for African Agriculture (CSAA), Sharing Capacity to Build Capacity for Quality Graduate Training in Agriculture in African Universities (SHARE) and Mobility to enhance training of engineering graduates in Africa (METEGA). The four Intra ACP Academic Mobility Programmes will train about 80 doctoral and 200 master’s students in total.

[1] Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda


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