Sub-Saharan Africa bears 24 percent of the world’s disease burden, but has just three percent of its health workforce. Training — and retaining — physicians on the continent has been an ongoing challenge.
Whether it’s the Gulf oil spill, the obesity epidemic, lead in children’s toys, or the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, major public health issues regularly capture newspaper headlines and the public’s attention.
Accident-prone travelers take note: “If you get hit by a moped in a country like the Netherlands, you will most likely be taken care of by a first-year doctor — one who has not had any specialized training in emergency medicine,” says Terrence Mulligan, D.O., M.P.H. ’03.