Bridging the Gap in Training and Clinical Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract

Purpose of Review

As medical knowledge and innovation reaches new heights, there is a growing gap in medical advancements between low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high-income countries (HICs). The former has lack of basic health care and preventive or diagnostic services for early cancer while the latter has access to novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

Recent Findings

Key to overcoming this disparity is finding ways to bridge this divide across distances and continental divides through innovative technology and sharing of knowledge by committed individuals and through public private partnerships. Many initiatives that include onsite and online training programs for regional healthcare providers have shown that the gap in medical training between HICs and LMICs can be narrowed.

Summary

The following article shines a light on this disparity and provides exemplary case studies of ways in which this gap between LMICs and HICs can be bridged.

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Saleh, M., Naik, G., Mwirigi, A. et al. Bridging the Gap in Training and Clinical Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. Curr Breast Cancer Rep 11, 158–169 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12609-019-00322-6

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Keywords

  • Medical training
  • Low and middle income countries
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Cancer
  • Tele-radiology