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

onal Monetary Fund and other stakeholders, developed a roadmap, called the Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy, which included expanding access to basic health services. These include focuses on maternal and newborn care, child and adolescent health and communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, AIDS and HIV.

With assistance from the grant, CEHLS partners will work together to address these needs and rebuild the University of Liberia's capacity for education and training in the health sciences. Much of the grant will provide degree training for medical and nursing students, who ultimately will become educators, and hire new full-time teaching faculty at UL.

With assistance from the $7.2 million grant, CEHLS partners initially will focus in the first two years on the following objectives in Liberia:

  • Create a new two-year, undergraduate core health and life science undergraduate program that will provide assistance in updating courses for biology majors, and design a four-year bachelor of science degree program in biotechnology;
  • Improve the quality of instruction in biology through faculty and staff development, including advanced degree training for UL staff, selective hiring and visiting faculty;
  • With assistance from UMMS, provide assistance to the pre-clinical science curriculum of UL's Medical and Pharmacy Colleges, including instructional support from three full-time faculty appointees;
  • Improve the quality of science training for the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts nurses and midwives, through the development of a joint bachelor's of science in nursing program with UL, and provide faculty with degree training;
  • Increase the number of trained public health specialists in Liberia through development of an undergraduate degree program and advanced degree training for UL faculty;
  • Increase UL's access to print and electronic teaching and learning resources for medicine, nursing, midw
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Contact: George Vlahakis
vlahakis@iu.edu
812-855-0846
Indiana University
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