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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 1560248, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1560248
Research Article

The Impact and Successes of a Paediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program in Africa

1Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 42325, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
2Gertrude’s Hospital Foundation, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 42325, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
3Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 460, Nairobi 00202, Kenya
4Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University, P.O. Box 30270, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
5Institute of Child Health and Research, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 42325, Nairobi 00100, Kenya

Received 28 October 2015; Accepted 24 December 2015

Academic Editor: Franco Veglio

Copyright © 2016 Gordon Otieno Odundo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. The prevalence and distribution of endocrine disorders in children in Africa are not well known because most cases are often undiagnosed or diagnosed too late. The awareness of this led to the launch of the Paediatric Endocrinology Training Center for Africa (PETCA) designed to improve quality and access to health care by training paediatricians from Africa in paediatric endocrinology. Methods. The fellowship is undertaken over an 18-month period: six months of clinical and theoretical training in Kenya, nine months of project research at the fellow’s home country, and three months of consolidation in Kenya. Upon completion, certified paediatricians are expected to set up centers of excellence. Results. There have been two phases, phase I from January 2008 to October 2012 and phase II from January 2012 to April 2015. Fifty-four fellows from 12 African countries have been certified, 34 (phase I) and 20 (phase II). Over 1,000 patients with wide ranging diabetes and endocrine disorders have been diagnosed and treated and are being followed up at the centers of excellence. Conclusion. The successes of the PETCA initiative demonstrate the impact a capacity building and knowledge transfer model can have on people in resource-poor settings using limited resources.