<p>Faculty members of the Warren Alpert Medical School departed for Accra, Ghana, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, to launch a new USAID-funded partnership with the University of Ghana around HIV medical education and professional training. They will be available for interview after their return Sept. 24.</p>

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — On Sept. 20, 2011, faculty members of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University will join with colleagues at the University of Ghana to launch a multiyear partnership that will enhance the expertise of medical students and professionals in the area of HIV/AIDS, which continues to plague much of Africa. The partnership is funded by a $1.1 million-grant from the United States Agency for International Development as part of the Higher Education for Development program.

The program, which also involves professors from Yale and Tufts universities, will serve students, residents, doctors, medical professors, researchers, and health workers, resulting in enhanced capacity for HIV/AIDS management in Ghana. During their visit, faculty from the United States and Ghana will co-teach a workshop for University of Ghana faculty on advances in HIV research and how to apply for grants. Other partnership activities will include academic curriculum development, continuing medical education, and distance education.

Editors: Brown faculty members will be available to discuss their visit after they return beginning Sept. 24. For more information about the program also see today.brown.edu/articles/2010/09/ghana

From Brown: Dr. Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine; Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin, professor and director of Brown Global Health Initiative, Dr. Awewura Kwara, assistant professor of medicine; and partnership coordinator Laura Nanni

From Yale: Dr. Nancy Reynolds, professor and director of doctoral and postdoctoral nursing program, and Dr. Elijah Paintsil, assistant professor of pediatrics and pharmacology

From Tufts: Dr. Joyce Sackey, associate professor and dean of multicultural affairs and global health

From University of Ghana: Aaron Lawson, provost of the college of health sciences; Margaret Lartey, associate professor of medicine; and partnership coordinator Rita Quist-Therson

Launch of a partnership among Brown, Tufts, Yale, and the University of Ghana to enhance HIV medical education, research and training and training of health care professionals

Formal launch ceremony occurs at Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, 54 Independence Avenue, near the Ridge Circle, Accra

U.S. delegation will visit Sept. 18-23.
The formal launch is Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Accra time.
Members of the U.S. delegation will be available for interview after their return Sept. 24