5.East Africa: medical specialists to Undergo Advanced Cancer, Neurology Training
About 600 medical specialists in East Africa will undergo a four-year medical training fellowship in a move expected to help improve rate of early detection and treatment of cancer and neurological diseases.
The fellowship is also expected to address the ratio of doctors to patients in the region’s growing population. Kenya, for instance, has about 22 neurosurgeons — 12 of which are paediatrician neurologists — for the over 44 million population. This is less by nearly 200 neurologist required for the population. On the other hand, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda fare much worse with only five, seven and three specialists respectively for their burgeoning populations this is despite the World Health Organisation recommendation of 200 specialists for Uganda and 275 for Tanzania. The training scheme — which will also include a medical fellowship — is the brainchild of the East African Development Bank (EADB) and the British Council in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (London).