Enhancement of health research capacity in nigeria through north-south and in-country partnerships
Research productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to affect teaching, student quality, faculty career development, and translational country-relevant research as it has in developed countries. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with an academic infrastructure that includes 129 universities and 45 medical schools; however, despite the size, the country has unacceptably poor health status indicators. To further develop the research infrastructure in Nigeria, faculty and research career development topics were identified within the six Nigerian universities of the nine institutions of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN) consortium. The consortium identified a training model that incorporated multi-institutional “train-the-trainers” programs at the University of Ibadan, followed by replication at the other MEPIN universities. More than 140 in-country trainers subsequently presented nine courses to more than 1,600 faculty, graduate students, and resident doctors throughout the consortium during the program’s first three years (2011–2013). This model has fostered a new era of collaboration among the major Nigerian research universities, which now have increased capacity for collaborative research initiatives and improved research output. These changes, in turn, have the potential to improve the nation’s health outcomes.
Olaleye,D.O, Odaibo, G.N, Carney, P, Agbaji, O, Sagay, A.S, Muktar, H, Akinyinka, O.O, Omigbodun, A.O, Ogunniyi, A, Gashau, W, Akanmu, S, Ogunsola, F, Chukwuka, C, Okwonkwo, P.I, Meloni, S.T, Adewole, I, Kanki, P.J. and Murphy. R.L. (2014). Enhancement of Health Research Capacity in Nigeria Through North-South and In-country Partnerships. Academic Medicine, 89 (8) August Supplement.