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Paediatric associations and postgraduate training programmes in Africa
  1. Peter Cartledge1,
  2. John Wachira2,
  3. Catherine Fagan3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Yorkshire School of Paediatrics, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Department of ETAT+, Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA), Nairobi, Kenya
  3. 3Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Cartledge, Department of Paediatrics, Yorkshire School of Paediatrics, 10 Firth Avenue, Beeston, Leeds LS11 7HU, UK; petercartledge{at}

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Despite global under-five deaths declining from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 20111 there continues to be significant progress to be made. The myriad problems of providing healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa are well documented and, among others, include a lack of postqualification specialist training which may influence the choice of physicians to work in large urban hospitals or to leave a country altogether.2 ,3 Postgraduate training builds the capacity of local physicians and reduces the ‘push’ factors involved in human capital flight which drains resource-poor countries of skilled workers.3 ,4

Paediatric associations are vital for improving child health in all countries. The experience …

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  • Acknowledgements Thank you to Professor Stephen Allen (Professor of Paediatrics and International Health) and Dr Justin Thacker (Head of International Operations, RCPCH) for supporting this article.

  • Collaborators Stephen Allen Justin Thacker.

  • Contributors PC: conception design, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation and write-up. CF: conception design, interpretation and write-up. JW: analysis, interpretation and write-up.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.