Indiana University
USAID HED

Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences

A Division of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Annual Report

Year One Achievements and Project Update

Since the official launch ceremony in Monrovia on March 26, 2012, the Center for Excellence in Health and Life Sciences (CEHLS) has focused on building capacity of UL academic programs to address a national shortage of health workers.

To this end, the CEHLS partnership has established:

-eight fellowship opportunities for current TNIMA and UL Undergraduate Life Science faculty to earn advanced degrees in their fields

-a faculty resource room on the Fendall campus

-the presence of a Country Director on UL’s main campus to guide project activity, advise students, and coordinate faculty training

The CEHLS partnership has delivered:

-Sabre Foundation shipments totaling over 25,000 medical/nursing and undergraduate science texts and references to UL and TNIMA, which represents a 300% increase of UL library holdings; UMMS librarians provided assistance with training library staff on proper cataloguing procedures

-Helping Babies Breathe training for over 150 nurses, midwives and students

-trainings and workshops for over 50 instructors and staff at University of Liberia and TNIMA

-mentoring for over 15 faculty and staff at University of Liberia and TNIMA

CEHLS partners have initiated:

-curriculum review and development for undergraduate biology and chemistry programs

-recruitment of visiting specialists for undergraduate biology and public health programs

-hiring of two full-time physicians at JFK Hospital for clinical supervision of medical students

-a Nurse Leadership & Preceptor Program

-Certificate in Public Health program in partnership with the Government of Liberia’s Ministry of Health & Social Welfare

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