The COVID-19 pandemic: the benefits and challenges it presents for medical education in Africa

A.O. Adefuye*, H.A. Adeola, J. Busari

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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has impacted many facets of everyday daily life, resulting in far-reaching consequences on social interaction, regional and global economies, and healthcare delivery systems. Numerous reports have commented on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical education in various world regions. However, we know little about the influence of the pandemic on medical education in Africa. Here, we discuss the potential impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning in undergraduate medical education in sub-Saharan Africa, illustrating some of the unexpected benefits and challenges the pandemic presents for medical education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Article number42
Number of pages8
JournalPan African Medical Journal
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2021


  • COVID-19
  • medical education
  • sub-Saharan Africa

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