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Stanford researchers receive funding to improve medical education in Zimbabwe

The growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has created unique challenges for medical schools and health-care providers. Using a $10 million grant from National Institutes of Health's Medical Education Partnership Initiative, Michele Barry, MD, senior associate dean for global health, and colleagues are working to address some of those challenges by helping to improve medical education at the University of Zimbabwe over the next five years.

According to a recent Inside Stanford Medicine story:

Hit hard by the HIV epidemic, political instability and economic woes, the country has insufficient numbers of well-trained medical professionals to take care of its people. This grant will focus on increasing the number of faculty, improving medical curriculum and enhancing the retention of medical students.

"The grant will permit many of our faculty to spend short time rotations focusing on teaching and mentoring at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School," Barry said.

In addition to partnering with the Zimbabwe Medical School, Stanford will also collaborate with the University of Colorado on the project.

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