Medical Excellence Network in Africa:
– Capstone Project
State University – Global Campus
Medical Excellence Network in Africa:
Project overview and Project
In developing countries, strengthening of
national health systems is a crucial factor in achieving Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs). Endeavors for developing health systems to the level that they
can deliver comprehensive and effective medical care alongside implementation
of necessary training programs show important steps towards the improvement of
the population’s health, in particular, of the vulnerable groups (Ndebele, 2017). Apart from strengthening
preventive measures against diseases and provision of primary health care, establishment
of new and innovative excellence centers in African countries that cover multiple
medical disciplines would improve the treatment standards. Moreover, secondary
and tertiary healthcare support mechanisms would shape better and capable
delivery systems. All of these goals are clearly consistent with ethical
medicine principles and standards of reasonable approach which seek to enhance
medical access by all people when there is need.
The project objectives are designed jointly by
the Health authorities of the participating nations and international NGO,
Emergency, and are aimed at improving capability of delivering effective
healthcare in relevant surgical and medical disciplines. Additionally, the
project seeks to promote scientific and medical cooperation among different
hospitals, countries, researches, and other stakeholders.
A joint program of developing health systems
will be designed after review of the urgent health problems in their variations
and the framework would also identify international priorities in this regard.
The initiative network entails establishing one excellence structure in every
participating country (Ndebele
2017). The proposed facility would include several surgical and medical
disciplines relating to infectious and the tropical diseases, obstetrics,
reconstructive surgery, cardiology, cardiac surgery, and pediatrics. Moreover,
the international vocation of every center will focus on sharing of
experiences, management policies, working protocols, training exchange, and
patient’s referral for treatment from various partner countries.
Every participant will have to agree to
establish a joint committee that will make sure that the project is consistent
with the core objectives and rationale behind the initiative. The joint
committee will be tasked with the promotion of health standards among African
states, the scientific community, potential donors, research centers, and
others (Ndebele 2017). This
shows that the team members have a huge task of bringing together different
stakeholders to enhance the status of health in African states (Martinelli & Milosevic, 2016).
To guarantee successful project outcome and improve population health status,
allocation of requisite resources and their reasonable use will constantly be
monitored to make sure that there is nothing that goes wrong or hinders the
completion of the project.
The development of the project will follow a
phased approach, whereby multiple interactions will occur within a single
phase. The inception phase is going to develop requirements of the project and
establish health cases for the African nations. The elaboration phase is going
to analyze the requirements and develop the exact hospitals with a prudent
estimation of medical needs of the populace. Lastly, during the phase of
construction, the facilities and individual work processes will be designed and
developed, consistently till the completion of medical excellence in the
selected countries and hospitals
(Cicmil, Cooke-Davies, Crawford, & Richardson, 2017). The project
manager is going to maintain a summary schedule of the expected milestone. Every
week, the manager will convene a team meeting to assess the progress and
determine whether the project is still on schedule
(Kerzner, 2017). In case the project will lacks behind the
projected schedule, the project manager is going to consult team members to
find out the corrective action that can result in schedule update.
Policies and management of the clinical
operations shall be governed through surgery centers, located in several
countries, such as Djibouti. In cooperation with federal health authorities,
International NGO, Emergency, will implement the defined strategies in various
phases of the project, including provision and distribution of equipment,
construction, staff selection and training, and administrative management.
Furthermore, the construction and design of
every network facility are going to address the need for low-cost but
high-performance structures through sustainable and environment friendly
buildings. It would be ensured that the clinical guidelines, protocols, selection
of medical technology, and products are consistent with the scientifically
approved standards, determined and shaped by corporation of the stakeholders
engaged in the health industry.
The local capacity building shall be implemented
through practical training aimed at refining professional capabilities of nonmedical
and medical personnel. The training sessions will be conducted at the centers
of excellence utilizing updated guidelines and protocols with qualified in situ
guidance, long-term commitment, and supervision.
The estimated requirements of fiancés are USD
250 million, inclusive of equipment, construction, and running costs for the
projects for initial three years. Every participating nation will be
contributing about 20 percent of the whole costs, whereas the Emergency will provide
highly qualified international personnel and efficient financial procedures
that satisfy international practices in making sure that funds are used
effectively. The critical principles of financial management will be used to
make sure that finances are used effectively with sheer transparency. The
project manager will submit appeals to international donors to secure support and
required sources for this noble initiative.
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