Felicity Goodyear-Smith is a Professor in the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
I have just returned from South Africa, where I had the honour of delivering a plenary presentation on building primary care research capacity at the Primafamed (Africa) Network Conference. The meeting was attended by representatives from the family medicine departments of institutions in Sub-Saharan African countries.
Family medicine is in fledgling stage in most of these nations. With some overseas aid and support, the Primafamed project has developed family medicine training programmes in ten universities. (1,2) They have had the opportunity to learn from what works well in resource-rich countries, see that vertical progression from undergraduate to postgraduate training is important and that collaboration with other institutions, other disciplines and stakeholders including their provincial or national departments of health and policy-makers are vital components. ...continue reading