Dr Derie Ereg, Dean of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland, with some young medical graduates. 

PfP is addressing Somaliland’s health workforce crisis by transforming health education, putting practice-orientated learning, teaching and assessment at its centre. By the end of the project, there will be a new generation of prepared-for-practice graduates better able to meet the needs of the Somaliland health sector.

The challenge

Somaliland teaching institutions struggle to produce medical and nursing graduates who can apply their learning to real world situations. Once out of university, young graduates receive little support in their workplaces, but are expected to make life-or-death decisions.

The solution

Working at the individual, institutional and national levels, PfP is delivering an extensive programme of capacity building activities for students, faculty, examiners, clinical supervisors, university administrators and health system regulators. With education and health policy makers, PfP is formulating new national standards for Somaliland graduates.

The PfP consortium is made up of Somaliland’s three leading health schools, an e-learning tech start-up and a global partnership INGO. It is led by one of the UK’s largest and longest-running global health partnerships, made up of hundreds of NHS clinicians, UK academics and Somaliland’s leading health workers and educators.

Between 2017 and 2021, PfP will support:

  • The teaching and/or assessment of every Somaliland medical student and the majority of nursing students to graduate during the project’s lifespan.
  • The accredited training of 25 per cent of Somaliland’s health faculty, through Somaliland’s first Master’s programme in health education.
  • Somaliland’s first national medical education policy and first national medical curriculum.
  • 24,000 hours donated by volunteer experts, contributing to over £2 million in match-funding, representing 60p for every £1 of donor funding spent.
'We all take part together and it’s one of our most interesting classes we get in the week. We are very happy to have senior professional doctors from the NHS volunteering their valuable time to teach students.' PfP online course participant

The partners

The PfP partnership is led by King's College London (UK), working with Amoud University (Somaliland), Edna Aden University and Teaching Hospital (Somaliland), University of Hargeisa (Somaliland), MedicineAfrica (UK), and the Tropical Health and Education Trust (UK).