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Johns Hopkins and Makerere University to collaborate on African health education initiative
Date:12/1/2008

e lives in Uganda and the East Africa region for years to come. It's a great opportunity for all of us."

The project builds on a long history of Johns Hopkins' collaboration with Makerere University, including seminal HIV/AIDS research and training through the Rakai Health Sciences Program and the Makerere University - Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration; innovations in health systems and policy translation through the Future Health Systems consortium; and the establishment of the Infectious Disease Institute.

"This project will help Makerere University College of Health Sciences lay a strong foundation for work in the years ahead," said Nelson Sewankambo, MBChB, the principal of the College of Health Sciences, "that will leapfrog the institution in advancing the quality of research and education in the health sciences while ensuring social accountability and delivery of health services with a purpose of meaningfully impacting peoples' health in the region."

"Makerere University has a long history of training health leaders and building capacity for health care in Uganda and the region," Pariyo said. "We are happy to continue our relationship with Johns Hopkins University, which has worked with us for the past 20 years and, thanks to this new collaboration, will continue to aid us in improving Uganda's health far into the future."

The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health is acting as the facilitator for the Hopkins-Makerere initiative.

This project underscores the true value of the Center, explained Center for Global Health Director Thomas C. Quinn, MD, MSc. "This project brings together faculty, not only from across Johns Hopkins, but from many of the health disciplines at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences, in order to work together towards a common goal of improved health for the people of Uganda and sub-Saharan Africa. We appreciate the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in
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Contact: Tim Parsons
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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