MSc Advanced Clinical and Laboratory Practice

MSc Programme for Gondar's Non-Medically Qualified Health Professionals

The National Health Service in the UK has for many years ensured that its health professionals keep up to date by means of closely regulated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes.  Evidence of continued learning is necessary in order to renew professional registration, and with it the right to practice.  In contrast, almost the only CPD available to health professionals in Ethiopia in the early 2000's was provide by HIV-related funded schemes, and attendance was voluntary. 

Gondar University launched an MSc Degree for Clinical and Laboratory staff in September 2010.  This will lead the same general structure as the earlier Masters in Public Health (MPH), a modular format consisting of a common core followed by specialist modules.  It has been development by the Link, following initiatives by Gondar University and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.  Initial grant funding was provided by the Halley Stewart Foundation and the Nuffield Foundation.

Entrance to the University of Gondar in Northern Ethiopia.

The core phase (first semester) is taken by all students together.  Topics include: evidence based practice; statistics; teaching skills; management skills; clinical ethics; clinical audit.  This phase is followed by the specialist tracks. Jimma University initially collaborating with Laboratory Technology. The instructors were drawn mainly from Gondar and Leicester during the initial phases of the programme. The graduates will be the clinical and laboratory leaders of the future!

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Over time Gondar University staff have assumed total responsibility for the teaching and management of these programmes.  They represent a successful module of partnership for sustainable professional development, from which both Leicester and Gondar clinical and academic staff have benefitted.

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