PAGEL – Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries

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In order to prevent a possible brain drain of professionals and nursing staff in the health sector in developing countries, the Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries (PAGEL) programme supports high-quality training and continuing education opportunities in the medical field.

Background

Lack of healthcare contributes to poverty; this is why health, in addition to education, is an important factor for development. University training and further education structures in the medical field are inadequate in many developing countries and thus access to good health care is not available.

This is why the Partnerships for the Health Sector in Developing Countries (PAGEL) programme supports high-quality training and further education opportunities in the medical field for individuals from developing countries.

To effectively counteract a possible brain drain of professionals and nursing staff in the health sector, the programme supports the development of curricula and capacities at the partner universities by means of bilateral or multilateral university partnerships, support for returning graduates, support for alumni and the creation of professional networks.

Programme objectives

The aim of the programme is to offer medical training and further education opportunities in the medical field for partner universities, which are cutting-edge and suit the local context.

In addition, development-related professional networks between students, alumni, and experts in the health sector are to be established. Sustainable development structures are expected to also develop between the participating universities.

With the PAGEL partnerships, German higher education institutions are expected to significantly expand their expertise in development cooperation.

Supported by:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development