“The residents are motivated and ready to incorporate standards common in the US,” says Harrison, a future MFM Specialist.
UIC and Mekelle University: A budding collaboration
The partnership between UIC and Mekelle University dates back to 2015 when the two institutions signed an agreement to assist Mekelle University to strengthen its nascent OB/GYN residency program. The program, which started in 2012, will graduate its first class of OB/GYN Residents in 2016. Dr. Goba has been leading the partnership since 2012.
The collaboration is supported by a grant from the IDP Foundation, a Chicago-based foundation that invests in high-impact education in the US and globally.
Mekelle University is one of the leading university’s in the rapidly growing country and is at the forefront of research and international collaboration. Ayder Referral Hospital, the teaching hospital affiliated with the university, serves a catchment population of 8 million. It has an inpatient capacity of 500 beds and serves more than 100,000 patients every year.
In addition to medicine, Mekelle University houses leading faculties in information technology, engineering, and agricultural sciences. Unique among Ethiopian universities, Mekelle University provides academic opportunities to students from neighboring South Sudan, several of whom are completing OB/GYN residencies alongside Ethiopian peers.
Going forward, UIC will continue to work with Mekelle University to expand the OB/GYN collaboration with the goal of helping Mekelle University become a pre-eminent OB/GYN training program in Ethiopia and the broader region.
Research collaborations on cervical cancer, gender-based and sexual violence, and stillbirth are underway. (14/4)