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About Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN)

MEPIN consortium is supported by supported by the Forgarty International Center of US Government US Government National Institute of Health (NIH). It is led by the University of Ibadan and includes five other Universities in Nigeria (University of Lagos, University of Jos, University of Nigeria, University of Maiduguri, Ahmadu Bello University). The consortium also includes a leading NGO in Nigeria, APIN as well as two US institutions- Harvard School of Public Health, Boston and the Northwestern University, Chicago. All the institutions making up MEPIN consortium have been long-term development partners in the Harvard PEPFAR programme in Nigeria with 6-10 years of collaboration. The main focus of the consortium is capacity building in medical education and research; and the target is to train additional health workers including medical graduates, physician trainees, public health graduate and other health professional in all the 6 universities in the consortium.

 

MEPIN Consortium members at the 1st year Annual MEPI Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa (March 2011)

Inaugural Meeting of Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN)

A two days inaugural meeting of the MEPIN consortium was held at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on the 3th -4th November, 20120. Members include Prof D.O.Olaleye (Contact Principal Investigator), Prof I.F Adewole (Co-principal Investigator), Prof. O.O. Akinyinka, Prof. A.O Omigbodun, Prof S.E. Sagay, Prof. A.Ogunniyi, Dr. Georgina Odaibo, Dr. E.O. Olapade-Olaopa. Others are Prof. Haruna Muktar, Prof. S. Ogunsola, Prof. Sulaiman Akanmu, Dr. O. Agbaji, Dr. W. Gaschau, Dr. Chinwe Chukwuka, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, Prof. Phyllus Kanki (USA) and Prof. Rob Murphy (USA).

 

MEPIN Consortium with the University of Ibadan Management - Nov. 2010

As part of activities for the inauguration, the team paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro. The VC who was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Bamgboye applauded the effort of MEPIN and described it as a perfect and timely initiative. He also said that UI is open to partnership with NGOs/foreign organization and was particularly happy that for the first time in the country six universities were coming together to form a consortium. Also present during the courtesy call was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor A.A.B Agbaje and University PRO, Mrs Joke Akinpelu..  A major event on day two of the inauguration was the press conference that took place at the University of Ibadan. Media houses that were present include; The Nation, The Guardian, Daily Independent, The Compass, Nigerian Tribune, The Punch, Independent Health Reporters Newspapers and DEVCOM. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Bamiro who led the conference gladly informed the pressmen that MEPI award was one of the largest awards received by University of Ibadan in recent time and therefore worths celebrating. He assured the Investigators of full support from the management.

Visit to The Executive Secretary to National Universities Commission (NUC)

Members of the MEPIN consortium, led by the Principal Investigator, Prof. D.O. Olaleye visited the ES of NUC on Thursday, February 17 2011. The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Julius Okojie welcomed the MEPIN team and expressed joy about the timeliness of such a programme in Nigeria.

Prof D.O.Olaleye (Principal Investigator) and Prof. Prof. Julius Okojie (ES to NUC) during the visit

The ES emphasized that the tripodal relationship among the universities, government and Industries need to be strengthened to achieve the best in our educational system. According to him the relationship between the universities and Government; and that between government and Industries are relatively good but the relationship between the universities and the industries is still very poor and encourage the MEPIN Consortium to consider addressing this gap.

Prof Okojie also mentioned that funds are available in the STEPB and ETF research grants of government waiting to be accessed and hope that MEPIN Consortium could explore this opportunity. He further advised the MEPIN group to have a well-organized and active networking system, make noise about their activities and ensure they attend conferences and seminars to sensitize other agencies that may provide additional support; and to take accountability very important.

The ES affirmed that the NUC is in full support of MEPIN programmes including the MBBS curriculum review and will also be ready to give the necessary assistance.

Some members of the MEPIN consortium during the visit

Upcoming Events

  • Workshop on Responsible Conduct of Research

(8TH – 10TH June, 2011)

  • Workshop on Grant Writing

 

For Further information, contact:

The Principal Investigator,

MEPIN

Email: [email protected] or  [email protected]

Tel: 08137199137

University of Ibadan.

(13TH – 15TH June, 2011)

Medical Education Partnership Initiative In Nigeria is support by US National Institute of Health and Forgaty International