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Cardiff University welcomes African delegation

25 June 2007

Cardiff University welcomes a visit by academics from Debub University in Ethiopia this week (25 June) as part of an exchange programme designed to develop the quality of training the African university offers to health professionals.

The School of Medicine has developed productive links with Africa in conjunction with Gwent Healthcare Trust, and has been at the forefront of research into areas such as infection rates of human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of a wide range of diseases from skin warts to cancers, among unscreened rural populations in West Africa. This new three year exchange project, funded by the British Council, provides significant learning opportunities for Cardiff University students, as well as enhancing global awareness of ethnicity and the inequality of healthcare in African towns and villages.

Professor Helen Houston of the School of Medicine, along with Dr Taj Hasan are responsible for the exchange, and commenting on the visit Dr Hasan said: "The aim of the medical education programme at Hawassa Medical School (Debub University, Ethiopia) is to produce doctors capable of providing a comprehensive healthcare that will meet the needs of the local population. The programme takes into consideration the immediate and long term healthcare needs of the Ethiopian population, cultural and socio-economic conditions of the country. We at Cardiff University are committed to helping the academics from Hawassa Medical School to establish a high quality education and training programme in order to meet these objectives.

The visit to Cardiff by the Hawassa academics is aimed at developing teaching and leadership skills; sharing teaching innovations and materials; and conducting collaborative research. The visit will also enable us to support curriculum development at Hawassa so that it can be tailored to meet the local circumstances."

The African delegation will spend ten days at the School of Medicine and meet with staff and students from Cardiff who made their first visit to Debub earlier this year.