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The Kolabo project is a partnership between the University of Calgary and the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) in Mwanza Tanzania to strengthen undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Prior to the partnership with the University of Calgary, there was one psychiatrist at CUHAS serving a population of 15 million people and there was very limited exposure to psychiatry in undergraduate medical education. CUHAS has historically focused on traditional areas of medicine including internal medicine and surgical specialties and neglected psychiatric exposure and training. Stigma within Tanzanian society and the institutional stigma at CUHAS has contributed to fear and avoidance of psychiatry and psychiatric patients.
In fall 2017, a team of 8 psychiatry residents and psychiatrists travelled to Tanzania to deliver a two-week mental health curriculum to almost 300 pre-clerkship and clerkship students. We introduced novel teaching methodologies to Tanzanian students including small groups and patient presentations. Mental health stigma especially in the area of suicide is a significant barrier to the delivery of medical education to students. We evaluated the impact of the curriculum through focus groups, surveys and informal feedback methods. During this session, we will outline, and present formulations and techniques used to attempt to overcome these challenges. We will also share stories and present information about the impact on students in response to the curriculum.