FCD was established in 2016 to bring scientists and health professionals together to enable the delivery of the ‘right interventions to the right population at the right time’. Our mission is to support scientific research, improve public health and save lives.
Sharing knowledge is not enough to build capacity in countries that need it the most. We work to make an impact through a combination of coursework, mentoring, knowledge transfer, an alumni network and critically monitoring and evaluating our programs.
Our courses are student centered and competency based, adapted to accommodate the busy lives of our students and facilitate the learning styles of adults.
Our mentoring program develops the skills, attitudes, behaviors and confidence key personnel need to become leaders in their discipline.
Our knowledge transfer process gives partner institutions the infrastructure and ability to teach our courses, adapting them to meet local conditions. By creating active Communities of Practice, we encourage students, faculty and alumni to build and maintain networks that share best practices, learning experiences and opportunities for future collaborations and research. With input from key product development partners who collectively are managing over 130 clinical trials, we critically monitor and evaluate our projects. We will share the results from each project so others can replicate actions with positive outcomes and change those activities that can be improved.
The slides below highlight the need for building scientific capacity, especially in Africa and other low-income regions. If you would like to help increase the number of researchers and practitioners working to reduce the burden of disease where it is highest, we would be delighted to hear from you.
On behalf of the Faculty of Capacity Development:
Dr Jim Whalen,
Dr Admasu T. Mamuye,
Dr Gabriela Zepeda Orozco,