African Union, Cuba government in talks to set up postgraduate medical education in Africa
London, Feb. 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The African Union is in talks with the Government of Cuba to start Postgraduate Medical Education in Africa.
The project will be undertaken by tripartite cooperation between the Government of Cuba, The African Union Commission and other Partners.
The Postgraduate Medical Education is expected to cover fields such as Nurses, Physicians, Surgeons, and Pharmacists among others
Alternativeafrica.com understands that a three-day Consultative Workshop to commence preparation leading to a roll-out of the ambitious project was conducted in Addis Ababa, the AU headquarters late in January
At the Ethiopian meeting, the main items tabled for discussion include how to identify current and future areas of need for Specialist Medical Personnel within Africa, as well as to develop a Concept Note on the depth and breadth of collaboration and to produce an Action Plan to guide the process.
Mr Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission who led the AU delegation at the meeting hailed the achievements of Cuba in health care, particularly, in maternal and infant mortality and expressed the hope that with increased science education, Africa could replicate this impressive example of Cuba medical education on a continent wide basis.
Referring to Aspiration 6, of Agenda 2063 which envisaged, ‘An Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children’, Kwesi acknowledged that a healthy citizenry is the greatest asset for the sustainable development that the Continent is in dire need of.
Mr Quartey further expressed optimism that, with technical assistance from Cuba, combined efforts of the team and partners, Postgraduate Medical education, would bring quality and affordable healthcare to all the African people.
‘This is an opportunity for the Member States to experience in practical terms, the direct relevance of the African Union in their daily lives, as the Commission is poised to create an Africa Union of the African people’.
HE Mr Angel Villa, Cuba’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, expressed gratitude to be associated with such a vision. He reiterated Government of Cuba’s total commitment to the project.
HE Amb. Villa stated that over 9000 African Students are in Cuba receiving training in various fields of Medicine, adding that Cuba is ever willing to share its technical knowledge for the success of the project.