Specific skill training for low-resource countries: A perspective from a broad workforce development project in Afghanistan

Julia L. Weinkauf, Alberto E. Ardon, Solen Feyissa, Mohammad Sharif Oria, Carolyn Marie Porta

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020398
JournalJournal of global health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2020

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Ethics: This report does not describe human research. The University of Minnesota (UMN) Institutional Review Board (IRB) determined this educational program to be IRB exempt. Requirement for written informed consent was waived by the IRB. Funding: USAID and FHI 360 through award number AID-306-A-13-00009. Authorship contributions: All authors contributed to the design and conduct of the project and writing of the manuscript. Competing interests: The authors completed the ICMJE Unified Competing Interest form (available upon request from the corresponding author), and declare no conflicts of interest. Acknowledgments: This manuscript is made possible by the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and FHI 360 through award number AID-306-A-13-00009. The contents are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the United States Government, or FHI360. The authors would also like to acknowledge and thank the participating Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS) faculty for their engagement during the educational effort and thank the Dari interpreters for their linguistic contributions during the educational sessions.

Funding Information:
Approximately US$132 billion has been spent by the United States on reconstruction (non-warfight-ing) activities in Afghanistan since 2002 [2]. The University Support and Workforce Development Program (USWDP), funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), was a 5-year, 93 million-dollar aid package implemented from 2013 to 2019. Its focus was on improving higher education conditions and workforce capacity in Kabul, Afghanistan. A smaller sub-grant of the project aimed to support health training pro-grams at Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS), the only public health sciences university in Kabul. During the project’s planning phase, KUMS administrators identified an-esthesiology as one of the academic departments that would benefit from the support. The University of Minnesota (UMN) was chosen as a sub-award winner to provide this educational support to the Afghan faculty, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education.

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