The Orotta School of Medicine has reached a stage of regional recognition and International Accreditation following yearlong process of evaluations and reviews.
Accordingly, the School will soon get its first regional recognition from Sudan Medical Council and International Accreditation jointly from the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Federation for Medical Education (MFME).
Established in 2004 and a Dental School in 2007 in collaboration with the George Washington University School of Medicine, Al Jazeera University Faculty of Medicine, Physicians for Peace, Ministry of Health and et. al. the Schools today continues to cultivate more cooperation with other institutions in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
In less than 10 years of its existence, the health facilities both at the Orotta School of Medicine and the Orotta School of Dentistry are beyond expectations of its visitors, educators and experts.
In 2010 for instance, a team of international experts from the WHO/MFME task force on accreditation paid a one month visit to inspect and evaluate the Schools’ compliance with accreditation standard.
On its summary report, the team highly commends the School’s performance and its determination at improving the quality of medical education for better health care in the country.
The crucial review finally concludes by stating that:
“What normally should have taken thirty years to come to this stage, Eritrea has done it in about six years.”
Four years after the review, the School have managed to successfully implement several of the recommendations to currently enjoy the luxury of 72 highly skilled instructors and 6 graduate assistants out of which 48 are Eritreans, 13 Cubans, 8 Indians and 3 Eritreans from diaspora.
The WHO/MFME guidelines for accreditation of basic medical education institutions and programmes categorized into three: Full accreditation -if all criteria or standards are fulfilled; Conditional accreditation – if few criteria or standards are only partly fulfilled or in cases where more criteria or standards are not fulfilled; and Denial or withdrawal of accreditation – if many criteria or standards are not fulfilled, signifying severe deficiency in the quality of the programme.