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Public Health Travels to Africa


In a two-week trip to Africa this summer with Dean Michael J. Klag, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels saw firsthand the fruits of some of the Bloomberg School’s partnerships there. Joining Daniels and Klag were Peter Agre, director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute (JHMRI), and Michael Eicher, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at Johns Hopkins.

The group visited the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) in Uganda, the Malaria Institute at Macha (MIAM) in Zambia—longtime Bloomberg School partners—and International Health associate professor Andrea Ruff’s project for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Ethiopia. The experience in late June strengthened Daniels’ belief in the transformative nature of Hopkins’ global collaborations. “It’s one thing to read about the dramatic partnerships and programs with which we are engaged, and something else entirely to witness them in action,” he says.

In Uganda, the group toured RHSP’s new health services facility, where investigators conduct HIV research, and visited one of RHSP’s satellite clinics that provide antiretroviral therapy to HIV patients in remote areas. “To walk through the Program’s state-of-the-art clinic and recognize that it started as a dream hatched in some rented rooms of a local inn is to understand what the program has accomplished,” says Daniels.

In Macha, Zambia, Daniels learned how the synergistic research, clinical and preventive efforts have driven down malaria rates dramatically in the surrounding area.

Klag notes that the success of the School’s Africa programs reflects the inclusion of local colleagues and residents as full partners: “Working from the grassroots up can make powerful differences in people’s lives.” 
 
                                                                 

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