Back to the Project Story

After the winter of 2008-2009 progress on the project stalled although the vision was never far from my mind . The Communication’s faculty member who had been our lead investigator and the one keeping us motivated accepted a position at another University. The rest of us were not able to invest the time and research needed to pursue other grant opportunities until the Spring of 2010, when we found out about the requests for proposals for new study abroad programs by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (BECA). So, our prior water and health outcomes research project was reinvented as a study abroad program for pharmacy students.  This actually appealed to me even more than the prior project. I am passionate about being a teacher of pharmacy students and the possibility of bringing Wilkes’ Pharmacy students to Africa so that we could together work with and learn from Pharmacy students and faculty at a School of Pharmacy in Africa sounded like a fantastic learning experience.  Through a friend of a friend I was able to get in contact with the Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.  We started to communicate through email and together we developed a shared vision of collaboration and he fully supported our proposal to the BECA.  The Busoga Trust America also supported our proposal and in August 2010 we received both great news and bad news. Our proposal was approved and ranked for funding but the government money ran out before it got to our proposal.  This was a slight set-back but not the end of the project. While thinking about the next steps for this project, a new opportunity arose- participation in a well-established study abroad project in Tanzania during Summer 2011.  To be continued…

About kbohan

Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Binghamton, NY USA
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