Provost Frederick and Dean Wutoh Visit Various Howard University Projects in Africa

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2013) -- Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., recently returned from Africa where they visited Howard University health care and development projects underway in Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and met with South African President Jacob Zuma.

During their 10-day review of several of the university’s USAID and CDC-funded projects, Frederick and Wutoh met with high-ranking government officials from the various countries, project sponsors and alumni to reaffirm the University’s commitment to Africa and the African Diaspora.   
They also discussed opportunities for student and faculty exchanges and explored ways the university can help to address shortages in health care workers and other development challenges facing the nations.
The countries have a severe shortage of health care professionals, including doctors, pharmacists and nurses, Wutoh said.  
“Malawi, for example, has 15 million people, and until three years ago there were only four registered pharmacists for the whole country,” Wutoh said.  “They also have a severe shortage of registered nurses.  So that’s one of the things we’re going to see if Howard can help them with.”
In Nigeria, the two visited sites where Howard is training pharmacists, nurses and other health care clinicians in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention activities.  In Livingston, Zambia, the university is fostering a public-private partnership between Livingston General Hospital and several local private pharmacies to tackle HIV/AIDS.
In Malawi, the university is increasing the nation’s medical laboratory capacity by training students, establishing laboratories, purchasing equipment and supplies, and having laboratory tests delivered to various parts of the country, as well as helping to construct laboratories.  Carol Porter, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, is director of the project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In South Africa, Howard is helping the government identify patients who are HIV infected, but have been lost to the medical system for follow up care.   South Africa is an especially important site Howard, because it serves as the regional office for university health care projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda, Wutoh said.
Frederick said the trip was part of the university’s continued commitment to aiding African nations.
“Howard University has a long history of collaboration and partnership with Africa, particularly South Africa and Nigeria,” Frederick said.  “During our stay, we had a chance to learn more about and thoroughly enjoy the culture, the people and the natural sights of all four countries.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationships with the people of Africa and providing increased opportunities for educational advancement, societal improvements, and capacity building.”

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