A multi-partner approach to developing excellence in diabetes management training in four African countries

Human resources for healthcare in West Africa are among the world’s most limited, severely restricting the capacity of countries in the region to provide effective, equitable public health services to their people. Indeed, the lack of health professionals throughout sub-Saharan Africa has become a significant barrier to achieving the UN’s millennium development goals. While they struggle to deal with a dual burden of disease, African countries have to cope with inadequate distribution of health professionals; despite the growing numbers of people affected by chronic non-communicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease or cancers, the bulk of human resources remain oriented towards the management of infectious diseases HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The authors report on a multipartner project to provide high-quality training in chronic disease management to healthcare professionals in Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Benin.