ADDIS ABEBA – The African Union has held talks with the Government of Cuba to start Postgraduate Medical Education in Africa.
The duo held a three-day Consultative Workshop this week to commence preparation leading to a roll-out of this ambitious project.
The main items tabled for discussion were 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.
Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), hailed the achievements of Cuba in health care, particularly, in maternal and infant mortality.
He expressed the hope that with increased science education, and added 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’, he acknowledged that a healthy citizenry is the greatest asset for the sustainable development that the Continent is in dire need of.
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 assured the team of the support of the entire Commission.
Angel Villa, Cuba’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union, expressed gratitude to be associated with such a vision.
He reiterated the government of Cuba’s total commitment to the project.
Ambassador 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.
The project will be undertaken by tripartite cooperation between the Government of Cuba, the African Union Commission and other Partners, according to the AU.
It is hoped that the Postgraduate Medical Education will cover fields such as Nurses, Physicians, Surgeons, Pharmacists and other fields.