Medical Education for Equitable Services to All Ugandans Consortium (MESAU)

The MESAU Consortium is a country-wide partnership of Busitema University, Gulu University, Kampala International University, Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda with Johns Hopkins University support to catalyse capacity and performance enhancements in medical education and relevant research with a focus on excellent, nationwide service delivery. 

Medical education for equitable service delivery to All Ugandans

To develop MESAU institutions as centres of excellence for medical education, research and service that address local and national needs to improve health in Uganda.

The MESAU Consortium exists to strengthen country-wide institutional collaboration and to foster transformative, innovative medical education and research founded on strong sustainable institutional systems and social accountability.  In doing this, MESAU will increase the number and retention of high quality committed health workers capable of addressing Uganda├ö├ç├ûs health priorities through excellent service in under-served areas in order to improve health outcomes for Uganda and beyond.


  1. Improve the quality and relevance of medical education and service training in Uganda.
  2. Providing incentives and support to faculty and students to undertake locally driven trans-disciplinary research on topics relevant to Uganda
  3. Facilitate efficient conduct of education to increase number of HWs  trained and research through support systems capacity building

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  1. To expose students to communities and health facilities in order to acclimatise them to working in remote/hard-to-reach/underserved/rural communities and the health facilities found there
  2. To enable students acquire the appropriate attitudes of working in remote/ hard-to-reach/underserved/rural areas
  3. To provide the students the opportunity and environment to participate in health promotion and disease prevention in areas such as environmental health, sanitation, food security.
  4. To provide students the opportunity and environment to participate in the provision of health care services such as clinical clerkships, HIV/TB care, maternal and child health in the primary health care setting.
  5. To enable students carry out community research and/or community projects with findings disseminated locally and leading to publications and conference presentations.
  6. To facilitate the development of leadership and management skills amongst the students in areas such as HMIS, procurement and budgeting.

In the process of achieving the broad aims outlined above, MESAU institutions will also:

  • Build the capacity of health facilities and site teams through:
  1. Training/orientation in Family Medicine
  2. Support supervision by faculty of the MESAU institutions
  3. Minimal infrastructure
  4. The Network of Training Sites/facilities
  • Strengthen/consolidate partnerships between the MESAU institutions, local governments and other stakeholders
  • Provide services to communities through student COBERS activities and through support supervision
  • Be socially accountable to the Ugandan public/population as health professional training institutions and as stated in the MESAU Mission

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The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) will support medical education and research in Sub-Saharan African institutions. The purpose of this support is to increase the quantity, quality and retention of graduates with specific skills addressing the health needs of their national populations.

MEPI is based on the idea of Transformative Medical Education. Transformative Medical Education is premised on the understanding that a nationÔÇÖs health care workers (HCWs), their education, the health system, and the health of the population are interrelated. MEPI sponsored investments in education will emphasize three themes:

  1. Increasing the numbers of HCWs trained;
  2. Retaining HCWs over time and in areas where they are most needed; and 
  3. Supporting regionally relevant research.

Transformative Education means making education and training relevant to the needs of the population, strengthening educational infrastructure, training and retaining faculty, investing in innovative educational strategies and technologies, and improving quality assurance mechanisms.

MEPI envisions strong links among MEPI institutions and between the institutions and their respective ministries of health and education. These linkages are essential to promote collaborative planning, the retention of graduates, and the sustainability of innovations in education and research. MEPI will require clear, measurable outcomes for all interventions. The success of MEPI programs will be judged on outcomes achieved with an emphasis on their impact on population health.


Annual Meeting Travel Award November 11-15, 2012Application Guidelines Now Available 
Application Deadline:  April 10 
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene offers travel awards to attend the Society's Annual Meeting to qualified students, early career investigators and scientists actively working in the tropical medicine field. These awards will facilitate participation for those who might not otherwise be able to attend. Selected recipients will enhance the overall scientific quality and learning potential of the meeting.  

Download the travel award application guidelines. 
Travel awards are open to all members and non-members who have not previously received an ASTMH travel award. Non-U.S. citizens from Africa, Asia and Latin America are strongly encouraged to apply. Award recipients participate in the meeting through oral or poster presentations. 
Online application site opens March 1, 2012 ├ö├ç├┤ submit via link posted at

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