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

Lead partner: King's College London (UK)

Partners: Amoud University (Somaliland), Edna Aden University and Teaching Hospital (Somaliland), University of Hargeisa (Somaliland), MedicineAfrica (UK), and the Tropical Health and Education Trust (UK).  

Expected duration: five years

Prepared for Practice (PfP) seeks to address Somaliland’s health workforce crisis. Somaliland teaching institutions struggle to produce medical, nursing and midwifery 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.

PfP’s goal is ‘prepared-for-practice graduates improving health outcomes in Somaliland’. To achieve this, the project aims to reform Somaliland health education, putting practice-orientated learning, teaching and assessment at its centre.

PfP will work at the individual, institutional and national levels. It will deliver an extensive programme of capacity building activities for students, faculty, examiners, clinical supervisors, university administrators and health system regulators. It will work with higher education and health policy makers to formulate new national standards for graduates.

PfP partners include Somaliland’s three leading health schools, responsible for the education of over 80 per cent of medical students and 25 per cent of nursing students nationwide. PfP will deliver 172 accredited online courses, 60 two-month clinical ward rotations, 60 exams, seven blended courses, four two-year accredited diploma cycles, and seven high-level stakeholder meetings. This will be co-delivered by hundreds of UK volunteer experts, who will donate an estimated 24,000 hours to the project.

By project completion in 2022, it is estimated that PfP will have trained and examined more medical students than the current number of doctors practising in Somaliland. The project aims to impact every step of the health worker pathway, to ensure that Somaliland’s next generations of health graduates have the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the challenge that awaits them.