Find below links to Dutch FM-activities in LICs
The MT special edition also gives a good overview

For country info of FM on Africa see also WONCA-site!


FM-training started in Gabarone  in 2010. The main training sites are district hospitals in Mahalapye and Maun. The head of the family medicine department is: Vincent Selthare, contact the people below if interested: Colin Pfaff or Dr Luise Parsons


Dutch GPs from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are involved in training nurses in Ghana on different aspects of FM. For contact: See their website.

Gert van den Berg  has just left for Ghana. follow his Blog on

Kenya (click for extra pages)

On FM-training in Moi University Eldoret see their website: For information on this website: Click
The FM-curriculum in Moi University Click
FM-trainers in Eldoret Click
On the DSS in Eldoret & in Nairobi where Steven van de Vijver works on the SCALE UP Study, that is linked with the DSS in Nairobi.

Read here about the experiences of a Dutch intern in Diani: diani kenia. Nathan Beijneveld is willing to answers questions about his internship in Diani.

Malawi (Extra page: volunteering as FP in Malawi)

Recent info on FM in Malawi you find in their latest and the newsletter before (2017).
If you like to help in training of FPs look at the special page on working as FP in Malawi.
The Department of FM invites tropical doctors / Family Practitioners to help in Mangochi as staff. Click here for more info on work or contact the present HoD John Parks.

Barbara Swarthout – Ten Kate, together with Miriam van Goor teach in The Department of Family Medicine of the College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi together with John Parks, who is  HoD and Prosper Lutale, who is Deputee HoD.
The department has started training undergraduate medical students in 2011 .
Four groups of 25 medical students (4th year) do a 6-week rotation through the department: 1 week lectures, 4 weeks district hospital and 1 week reflection / exams. This rotation is evaluated as one of the best in the entire curriculum.
The 4 year postgraduate specialist training (MMed) started in January 2015 with the first cohort of 3 Malawian post-graduate Family Medicine registrars based at Mangochi District Hospital. A 2nd cohort started in 2016 and postgraduate training was expanded to Nkhoma Mission hospital, and a 3rd cohort is anticipated to start in November 2017.
The aim is to have 2 Family Physicians in each of the 28 district hospitals of the country. Dioraphte (Henk van Stokkom) supports the FM-training.
Read the paper in the Medicus Tropicus special edition of the Dutch contribution.

Rwanda (extra page!)

Rwanda started family medicine in 2008. In 2011 the intake was halted and in 2015 the last resident graduated. The former department of family and community medicine (FAMCO), presently Discipline of Primary Health Care, has now focused on the undergraduate training of medical  students (and pharmacy/ dental student in early years) in social and community medicine. Mieke Visser and Maaike Flinkenflogel are key people in this program. Read their rapport from april 2016 Article FM collaboration ruanda More info Click

South Africa

SA is the light beacon for the rest of Africa. People like Steve Reid,  Bruce Sparks and many others lead the message of FM.
The power of the FM-approach for me is the work of Hugo Tempelman – a Dutch GP – together with Liesje Froeling in Elandshoorn.
Dr. Shabir Moosa is active around Gauteng and Johannesburg. He did impressive work and is key to many contacts in SA. See his website for WONCA and his personal website

Tanzania (extra page)

No FM-training yet but there are lots of initiatives in FM. Read more: Click
Read more on the recent visit of Prof. Niek de Wit with PUM in Tanzania.


In Makarere University a new Head of Department FM has started: Jane Frances Namatovu.
Jane made a “A brief of the developments in Family Medicine” with literature on FM in Uganda.  She has been supported by the PM-fund to do a course for starting a PhD in MU (foto) with Prof GeertJan Dinant. Adam Lagro is her host during her stay.  Jane has been teaching in Rwanda as part of an exchange (foto). We hope to collaborate on making FM-training in Uganda a success.
Lotte van Dijk, AIGT works since 2014 in Kampala (The Surgery, A FM-practice/ medical home/ emergency dep. with High Dependency Unit and admission facilities). If you want to contact her for her experiences,  mail and we will bring you in contact with Lotte.


Jelle Struik (FP)  recently worked as a locum in a rural hospital in Zambia and experienced that as a FP he was valuable even though he was not trained as tropical doctor in surgery.
Read his site:
For contact with Jelle mail: for his email.