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$7.2 million project will address a national shortage of health-care workers in Liberia
Date:10/31/2011

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), which has been working since 2006 with UL's Dogliotti School of Medicine, JFK Memorial Hospital and HEARTT in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, will support implementation of a new curriculum through faculty development and library services support. UMMS will also partner with JFK Hospital, Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts and the IU School of Nursing to develop nurse leadership and training programs.

"Liberia is emerging from nearly two decades of civil conflict that not only killed 270,000 people but also ravaged the nation's standards for health and well-being," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "This project will help a nation already restoring standards of justice, equality and human rights to also rebuild its ability to care for the most basic medical needs of many of its citizens.

"Indiana University's lengthy and productive partnership with our friends and colleagues in Liberia now takes on even deeper meaning as we support an effort that will save lives," McRobbie said .

"What this grant represents is a culmination of the excellence in the interaction that has occurred between the two American universities and the University of Liberia," added UL President Dennis. "This grant is substantial and will go a long way in terms of strengthening our life and health sciences, something that is indispensable to the health of the nation. It is a model of collaboration between institutions in the developed world and in the developing world. It's not often you find such models, and I think other institutions have a lot of learn from the model that has been established from this collaboration."

At the end of its civil war in 2003, Liberia's population of more than 3 million had less than one health care worker for every 1,000 people and had only 103 doctors in the entire country.

In 2008, the government of Liberia, in conjunction with the Internati
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