“The formation of CAAP and its initiatives has the potential to change Africa’s healthcare more than anything Loma Linda University Health has done in the past as Loma Linda University becomes an academic hub for international Christian medical missions around the world.”
Loma Linda University Health has partnered with other Christian universities and hospitals in Africa and the United States to create a new program to support specialty training for physicians in family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics in Africa.
During its inaugural meeting in November of 2017, the Christian Academy of African Physicians (CAAP) was established to develop medical and spiritual curricula and to create partnerships that support the creation of new Christian primary care training programs for the continent of Africa.
The partnership is similar to the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS), which supports five-year surgical residencies at nine Christian hospitals across Africa, including Malamulo Hospital in Malawi, a Loma Linda University Health Global Campus site. Loma Linda University has provided academic backing for PAACS — an interdenominational collaboration — for more than a dozen years.
CAAP’s commission members are comprised of representatives from:
- Loma Linda University
- Loma Linda University Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Family Medicine
- SAC Clinic
- Mayo Clinic
- African Christian College, Universities and Hospitals: Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Kabarak University, Mbingo Baptist Hospital
- North-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
- Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA)
- Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS)
CAAP plans to begin these programs by the end of 2019 and will support different training programs to include an 18-month diploma in general practice, full primary care residency training, and a Master’s in Public Health through Loma Linda University.
Training programs will be offered at several well-established mission hospitals in Africa under the direction of experienced, board-certified missionary physicians. Preliminary sites include Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon, Bingham University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, Kabarak University Hospital in Kenya, and Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Malawi.