Navigation Links
UCSF and Muhimbili University Launch Initiative to Strengthen Tanzanian Health Workforce
Date:1/6/2009

UCSF has received a $7.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to partner with a Tanzanian health sciences university to help address Africa's urgent need for healthcare workers.

(PRWEB) January 6, 2009 -- The University of California, San Francisco has received a $7.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address the shortage of healthcare workers in Tanzania. The two-year grant will support a strategic collaboration between UCSF Global Health Sciences and the Muhimbili University of Health Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania to develop, implement and document strategies to enable MUHAS and other African institutions to meet their countries' health workforce needs.

UCSF and MUHAS will work together to develop a partnership and gather preliminary data to inform a long-term, sustainable partnership. UCSF Professor Sarah Macfarlane and MUHAS Professor Ephata Kaaya lead the collaboration.

Solving sub-Saharan Africa's healthcare worker shortage has long been a priority for governments, universities and international organizations, according to the collaborators. Tanzania's leaders recognize the need to educate and train more health care workers, they said. This project harnesses the resources of two major universities to approach the problem and aims to develop an institutional partnership model that can be replicated in other low-resource settings.

Faculty from the UCSF schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry will work with their MUHAS counterparts, as well as the MUHAS School of Public Health, to share curricula and educational technologies, and develop collaborative research programs.

"Through this collaboration, MUHAS will recruit and train faculty, strengthen the academic environment for education and research, and revise undergraduate and post-graduate curricula in order to increase its output of health professionals to serve the needs of the country," said MUHAS Vice Chancellor and Professor Kisali Pallangyo.

This grant will enable MUHAS, the only public university of health sciences in Tanzania, to plan and build capacity to meet Tanzania's long-term need for healthcare professionals to improve health outcomes, according to Professor Kaaya, director for continuing education and professional development at MUHAS.

The collaboration's activities will be rigorously evaluated for relevance and effectiveness, added Macfarlane, director of program planning and development at UCSF Global Health Sciences. She said the partnership itself will be subject to ongoing critical analysis and review.

"UCSF Global Health Sciences and MUHAS are ideal partners for this proof-of-principle collaboration for two overarching reasons," said Haile Debas, MD, executive director of UCSF Global Health Sciences. "There is remarkable institutional symmetry in that both are public health sciences institutions that train physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and allied health workers. In addition, the two universities have worked together for four years and have achieved a high level of professional trust and respect."

"Trained healthcare workers are essential to a strong and effective health system," said Kathy Cahill, senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "In addition to saving lives in Tanzania, the project could serve as an effective model for other countries."

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. For further information, please visit www.ucsf.edu.

Contact:
Kristen Bole
(415) 476-2557
Web: www.ucsf.edu

###

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/UCSF/MUHAS/prweb1831574.htm


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. University of Iowa professor identifies new eating disorder
2. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Complete System-Wide Conversion to Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry Technology
3. University of Texas Study Details Lengthy Payment Delays for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Claims, Confirming Need for Legislative Fix
4. Tulane University to receive $14M for international HIV/AIDS program
5. University of Nevada School of Medicine Professor Confirms Accuracy Through Validation Study Using the CSI Health Station Model 6K
6. Boston University School of Medicine researcher recipient of Memory Ride Grant
7. Loma Linda University Medical Center Selects Beryl to Manage Call Center Interactions for Womens Services Programs and Departments
8. Medina General Hospital and University Hospitals Agree to Pursue Affiliation
9. J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized as First Hospital to Achieve Distinction for Providing an Outstanding Inpatient Experience in All Four Service Areas
10. The First Incisionless Transoral Fundoplication for Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux is Performed in the U.S. at Ohio State University and Oregon Health & Science University Medical Centers
11. George Mason University professor receives $2.6 million NIH grant to study Alzheimers disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... HealthCareMandA.com will host an important webinar — Home Health & Hospice: Buying, ... of the webinar will also be made available following its live presentation. The webinar ... still popular targets for healthcare investors. This highly fragmented sector bounced back in 2016, ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 29, ... ... suburbs and South Hills of Pittsburgh now have easier access to the ... only by Allegheny Health Network (AHN). Orthopaedic surgeons at Forbes Hospital and ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... has helped over 1.5 million SharePoint users learn the content management system faster and ... for SharePoint was at the farm level. Enterprises using SharePoint Online in Office 365 ... recently released a modified version of the Help System, VisualSP for Site Collections, which ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... India’s Chigurupati ... to directly address the resolution to globally reduce the harmful use of alcohol ... of FDA and TTB approved ingredients that when infused into alcohol, renders the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... ... The Thyroid Secret is a specialized 9-part documentary series ... recently launched on March 1, and Dr. Wentz discussed varied benefits and aspects ... Wentz is a licensed pharmacist and a foremost thyroid specialist. After being diagnosed ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... PHOENIX , March 28, 2017  Today, ... Pharmacy released a new white paper to ... use of latex in healthcare. Specifically, there is substantial confusion ... fact, the FDA has urged manufacturers to drop the term ... labels, because of the challenge to ensure a product is ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ALBANY, New York , March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... features a largely consolidated vendor landscape, with the top ... and Agilent Technologies accounting for a significant 49% of ... in a recent report. The vendor landscape is intensely ... large share in the overall market. These factors have ...
(Date:3/28/2017)...  Akcea Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... directors: Christopher Gabrieli , ... as chairman of the board of Akcea Therapeutics. ... Forest Laboratories. Sandford D. Smith , ... "We are excited to announce this expansion to our ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: