In light of the ever growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), East African Development Bank (EADB) is rolling out an ambitious training programme in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.
The EADB Medical Training and Fellowship Programme aims at increasing the number, quality and deployment of medical professionals in public service so as to cushion the burden of NCDs.
The program aims to have trained 600 professionals specializing in the treatment of cancer and neurological disorders over a four-year period. Vivienne Yeda, the Director General of EADB said in a statement the program will focus on early detection, research and treatment especially in communities where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge.
"EADB's overriding objective is to promote social and economic development of the member states. We have thus identified Non Communicable Diseases as an area that is often not taken too seriously despite the severity," the statement reads in part.
Yeda also disclosed that EADB sought the partnership of the British Council and the Royal College of Physicians in this initiative. The programme was launched last Friday in Nairobi and the first training starts late September 2016.
The British Council Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa, Mandy Johnson said the Programme will create opportunities for doctors within the East African region who aspire to specialise in the medical disciplines of oncology and neurology.
"We are pleased that the partnership with the EADB and the Royal College of Physicians brings the best of East Africa and the UK and will lead to a rich exchange of skills, expertise and experience," said Johnson in the statement.