THE FIRST CERTIFICATE COURSE IN GLOBAL HEALTH IN WEST AFRICA

Being the first of its kind in West Africa, the Lagos State University Medical Students’ Association (LASUMSA), hosted the Certificate Course in Global Health between the Friday 7th October and Saturday 8th October, 2016 at the Multipurpose Hall of the Lagos State University Colege of Medicine (LASUCOM), Ikeja. The certificate course which was organized by LASUMSA in conjunction with Global Health Focus and AB Global Health Initiative aimed at introducing theories and concept including current trends, issues, challenges and debate in global health. screenshot_2016-10-25-18-17-48-1.png
Present at the Global Health Course were eminent personalities like the Provost of the school, Professor Babatunde Solagberu and the course director, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III who is an associate professor of Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Participants at the certificate course included postgraduate students, medical students, pharmacists, and young professionals from various parts of Africa.
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While giving the welcome address, the Provost of the Lagos State College of Medicine, Professor Babatunde Solagberu welcomed all participants and enjoined them to seize this opportunity to get as much knowledge as they need in Global Health. He charged students to make the most of the opportunities offered during the course and  encouraged them to start thinking of how they could make a meaningful impact in the world. He stated how proud he was of the students for organizing the course. He also welcomed participants from Northern Sudan.

The course content included: Health Economics and Financing; Health research in Global Health; Health and Economic Development; Population and Demographic issues; Climate Change and Health; MDGS and SDGs; Global health Politics and Diplomacy; Global Mental Health; Controlling Pandemics; Migrating, Morbidity and Health; Global Health Governance; and Careers in Global Health.

The course also included a global health case competition where participants were divided into groups and given topics on various global health challenges to present. The competition was won by the group that presented the topic, ‘Illegal Drugs and Global Health’.

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Certificates were awarded to all participants at the end of the course and an award certificate was given to winners of the global health case competition. At the end of the course, participants expressed their appreciation to the organizers, Dr. Bodinga Boyiga Nuga and Dr. Ayomide MaiDas Sina-Odunsi, co-founders of AB Global Health Initiative, and to the President of LASUMSA, Mr. Femi Olulaja, for the warm hosting.

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Ruth Ebe for AB Global Health Initiative.

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