Pharmacy Project Transforms AIDS Relief Education in Ethiopia

Howard University Assistant Provost for International Programs and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Anthony Wutoh, Ph.D., recently led a delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the successful implementation of the Clinical Pharmacy Twinning Project, conducted with the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) in collaboration with Addis Ababa University School of Pharmacy.

Dean Wutoh was accompanied by Dr. Bisrat Hailemeskel, associate professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy sciences, and principal investigator for the Clinical Pharmacy Twinning Project. Jeronimo Augusto, program manager for international programs, was also a part of the Howard University delegation visit Nov. 6-8.

The Clinical Pharmacy Training Project was an eight-year PEPFAR-funded (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) project that has transformed the education of pharmacists throughout Ethiopia. During the visit, Dr. Hailemeskel provided an overview of the activities of the project and noted that Howard University and Addis Ababa University agreed to collaborate several years ago because of the high incidence of HIV in Ethiopia and the lack of health care professionals trained to address the epidemic.
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