oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Medical education to strengthen health systems in Africa : MEPI as a catalyst for change : supplement 1 - editorial
The announcement of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) that committed more than USD132 million to medical schools in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over a 5-year period coincided with the publication of a seminal article in the Lancet that called for the strengthening of health systems through transformative education. The significance of these two events has been considerable for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) at Stellenbosch University (SU). While MEPI was to provide substantial resources that would lead to the establishment of the Stellenbosch University Rural Medical Education Partnership Initiative (SURMEPI), Frenk et al.'s work would offer a theoretical premise for our thinking and a model for our practice. In this edition of the AJHPE we endeavour to showcase some of the work and research that has emanated from the initiative. The articles provide a snapshot in time, reflecting activities that characterised the first few years of SURMEPI.
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