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Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems

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Posted on March 15, 2011
Topic: Education, Education Initiatives
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This Lancet Journal article from November 2010 reports on the work of the Lancet Commission. The article highlights perceived inequities in health within and between countries and a failure to equitably share health care advances.

The authors believe that professional education has not kept pace with these challenges, largely because of fragmented, outdated, and static curricula that produce ill-equipped graduates.

The Lancet Commission adopted a global outlook, a multiprofessional perspective, and a systems approach.  Its framework considers the connections between education and health systems.

The Commission, consisting of 20 professional and academic leaders from diverse countries, developed a shared vision and a common strategy for postsecondary education reform in medicine, nursing, and public health. The aim of the Commission is to improve education and more equitably share health-care advances around the world.

The Lancet publishes a weekly journal and three monthly specialty journals in the fields of oncology, neurology, and infectious diseases. All Lancet specialty journals are available as hardcopies and as online downloads.

Selected articles are available for free and may be downloaded from the Lancet Web site:  Registration is required.

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