Continued Technical Assistance in Support of PEPFAR in Côte d’Ivoire

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For over five years, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has sponsored Payson’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire. This longstanding relationship is progressing this week, as Dr. Eamon Kelly, Tulane President Emeritus and Payson Center Co-Founder travels with Drs. William Bertrand and Julie Hernandez to Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire to lead a workshop on the Management and Leadership of Higher Education Research Institutions on March 11, 12 and 13. The goal of this workshop is to gather presidents and vice-presidents of all private and public universities in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as officers from the Ivorian Ministries of Health and Higher Education, the US Government, and the CDC/PEPFAR, to encourage the strengthening of human resources and ICT-based higher education in the country.

Throughout its five-year tenure, Payson’s project entitled “Technical Assistance in Support of PEPFAR in Côte d’Ivoire” has strived to increase access to information and enhance project management capabilities in local Ivorian governments and NGO partnerships. With this aim in mind, the workshop will focus on capacity building activities, lectures, Q&A and group work in coordination with our partner in Yamoussoukro, the Institut National Politechnique Houphouet Boigny (INP – HB) and Payson's longtime partner in Abidjan, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Statistique et d’Economic Appliquée (ENSEA).

In the course of the three-day workshop, participating Payson faculty will present their experiences working in higher education in francophone Africa to shed greater light on how Côte d’Ivoire can better position itself as a regional hub for world-class health education and research. Specifically, Dr. Kelly will discuss his many decades of experience as a leader of research at such institutions as Tulane, the National Health Foundation, and the American University in Nigeria. He, alongside Drs. Bertrand and Hernandez, will lead debates and group work to help each represented institution refine their own strategic plans for university development, with a specific emphasis on digital technology and global capacity to compete on a rapidly changing regional and global education stage.

As it concludes its five-year project, The Payson Center hopes that this workshop, held at the Hotel Le Président in the re-invented capital and growing city of Yamoussoukro, will be both a celebration of Tulane’s long involvement in the region and a joint commitment to renewing our fruitful partnership for the sustainable development of Côte d’Ivoire.

Tulane Freshman, Madeline F. Birch contributed to this story.

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