Dr David Nicholl, consultant neurologist and honorary senior lecturer at City Hospital, Birmingham, shares his experiences of teaching in Kenya and Tanzania during the first year of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) / British Council Medical Training and Fellowship (METAF) programme.


We covered a diverse range of topics: epilepsy, movement disorders, paediatric disorders, infectious diseases, stroke, dementia and headache disorders. The course attendees included medical officers, paediatricians, psychiatrists and physicians from across both Tanzania and Kenya and they were a joy to teach.There is nothing better than hearing the excitement of someone yelping in Swahili when they’ve found the optic nerve (I brought a bunch of cheap ophthalmoscopes [1] with me!)

[1] Blaikie A et al. Arclight: a pocket ophthalmoscope for the 21st century BMJ. 2016 Dec 14;355:i6637. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i6637.http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6637

Neurology Teaching in East Africa with the Arclight