Partnerships: The center sought national, regional and international partnerships that enhanced the learning environment for students, promote faculty development, collaborative applied research and new knowledge in the field of reproductive health. The project Departments at UNIBEN and in regional partner institutions are: Public Health, Health Economics, Reproductive Health and Nursing. The national university partner institutions are the University of Ibadan (UI) (coordinated by Prof A. Oladokun) contributing faculty in public health, health economics, nursing faculty and co-supervision of masters and PhD students and the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) (coordinated by Dr Nana Madugu) which provides a relevant site for short term courses especially on high fertility as well as co-supervision of masters and PhD students. The national public partner the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) (coordinated by Dr AG Ohihoin) provides a site for outreach periods for faculty and students, laboratory capacity for HIV/AIDS research and location for short courses in laboratory medicine. We also involved private industry partners including General Electric Healthcare, Phillips International, Thomson Reuters, EMZOR, public and provate hospitals and Fidson Pharmaceuticals which provide opportunity for outreach periods in new reproductive health technology field that impact on the provision of family planning and reduction of maternal mortality. In Nigeria, the non-governmental and civil society organizations provide the majority of reproductive healthcare. Outreach periods for students with these groups provides opportunity for thesis project sites and for practical experience working in the RH sector.
Regional partners include the Esperanza University of Benin in Cotonou (EUBC) which co-supervise thesis students and provide faculty for exchange in the area of public health. The University of Ghana (UG) (coordinated by Professor Richard Adanu) who provides for faculty exchange in public and reproductive health, undertake joint research projects and co-supervision of thesis students as well as share research facilities. The University of Malawi is providing a site for collaborative research for student and faculty projects and faculty exchange. The regional research lab the Navrongo Institute is a partner for outreach periods for faculty and students to strength laboratory skills.
The key international partner institutions whose faculty are engaged in the project include:
The Queens University, Belfast, United Kingdom (Coordinator – Professor Yun Yun, Professor of Toxicology) collaborates in the area of advanced nursing degrees, Harvard School of Public Health in public health and reproductive health, the University of Toronto in reproductive health law and the University of Maryland reproductive health applied research.
University of California, Berkeley, USA, (Coordinator – Professor Malcolm Potts, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology), University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA(Coordinator – Prof Andrzej Kulczycki, Professor of Health Care Organization and Management) and the African Academy of Public Health, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Coordinator – Dr. Mary Mwanyika-Sando, Deputy CEO)
The international partner institutions are working with specific Departments within CERHI to review and develop new curricula, conduct trainings and collaborate in running short courses and provide additional mentorship to PhD and Masters Students, and participate in students/faculty exchange and visits.