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UC San Diego partners with Mozambique University to deliver quality health care
Date:10/6/2010

Aimed at enhancing the capacity of Mozambique's flagship medical school, Universidade Eduardo Modlane (UEM), in pre- and postgraduate medical education, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UEM entered into a partnership in 2007 to address both short and long-term medical human resource needs in Mozambique.

Officials at both universities announced today that UEM is expected to receive $12.5 million over five years under the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) a collaboration between the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund this program. The funding to the UEM is part of $130 million MEPI initiative.

"The biggest challenge to our country's ability to deliver quality health care to our people is a critical shortage of well-trained physicians and other health care workers," said Dr. Emilia Noormahomed, Principal Investigator of the new partnership and a member of the faculties of both UEM and UC San Diego School of Medicine. "We are extremely excited to work with the outstanding School of Medicine at UC San Diego in training additional faculty here and for two new medical schools in Nampula and Tete."

Robert T. Schooley, MD, professor of medicine and chief of UCSD's Division of Infectious Diseases, who helped spearhead the grant added, "This remarkable partnership will expand collaboration between UEM and UCSD that has been in development for the past several years."

Schooley said that the partnership has become a model program for the U.S. Department of State's President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program as it intensifies its emphasis on increasing local ownership of the healthcare system. "UEM has a fantastic group of faculty, and the resources provided by this grant will allow them to focus on doing what they want most to do train the next generation
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Contact: Debra Kain
ddkain@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California -- San Diego
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