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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


LOPEZ-RIVERO, Luis et al. ULPGC-UniZambeze project. Undergraduate medical education in developing countries. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2017, vol.20, n.3, pp.111-116.  Epub Aug 16, 2021. ISSN 2014-9840.

Every nation –rich or poor and developed or developing– strives hard to deliver optimal healthcare to its citizens. Good health is the necessary condition for development and human security, but inequities in health persist. Medical educators have a key role to play in reducing inequities in global health by addressing the underlying doctor shortages that have reached crisis levels in some regions. The region in which these health inequities and doctor deficiencies are starkest is sub-Saharan Africa. In poor countries, a major constraint to approach this issue is the scarcity of qualified teachers. One of the options is the short-term placement of graduates from rich countries seeking opportunities to contribute in other countries that are severely deficient in faculty. But the world of medical education is not a level playing field and working in developing countries, and in remote areas in particular, can be challenging. In this article we show a recent experience carried out at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria designing and supporting a project on undergraduate medical education at the University of Zambeze, in Tete, Mozambique.

Keywords : Developing countries; Medical education; Mozambique; Undergraduate medical education.

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