The Peoples-uni: public health education for all

Richard F Heller
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01978.x
Published online: 18 August 2008

Volunteers and the Internet can provide education in public health where it is most needed

The multiple health problems faced by low-income countries require urgent solutions. One solution, as articulated in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, is to increase the health workforce.1 An editorial (and accompanying articles) in the Lancet highlighted the need for global health capacity building,2 and the first Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (in March 2008) produced the Kampala Declaration, which urged “. . . immediate action to resolve the accelerating crisis in the global health workforce . . .”.3 Part of this solution will involve boosting in-country public health capacity,4 and an educational initiative to do this was launched recently — the People’s Open Access Education Initiative, better known as the Peoples-uni (

  • Richard F Heller1,2,3

  • 1 Peoples-uni,
  • 2 University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • 3 University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.


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