THET is a five-year project (2018-2023) led by MUHAS, funded by Fogarty under Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) program. The project will implement innovative approaches to enhance the quality of medical and nursing education and research focusing especially on HIV/AIDS by:
- Creating and adopting common training curricula for medicine and nursing education in Tanzania to ensure that the graduates of these programs from the different institutions have good quality and have common competencies
- Enhancing the academic environment to attract and retain the best early-career faculty by mentoring them to use innovative competency-based skills development and collaborate to build their research portfolios.
- Improving communication to reach out to main stakeholders including tracking of graduates and thus establish and sustain a robust database for the graduates in health sector in Tanzania.
It is expected that at the end of this five-year project, the nursing and medical education in Tanzania, starting with the THET partner institutions, will use new curricula that will ensure graduates to have common clinical and research competencies across medical institutions thus address the disease burden and human resource for health challenges facing the country.
The United Republic of Tanzania faces an overwhelming burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases and an acute shortage of well-trained health professionals particularly in rural areas. Limited numbers of doctors and nurses undermine effective scale-up of antiretroviral therapy to the estimated 1.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS.
Further health professionals are ill-prepared when they graduate to work unsupervised in rural districts. The Government has asked schools to increase class sizes and enhance curricula but there are too few faculty to meet these pedagogical demands and simultaneously pursue research interests.
Who forms THET?
Three major Tanzanian universities – Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo), and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) – have formed the Transforming Health Education in Tanzania Consortium (THET) with two long-standing United States partners, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Duke University.