Payson Center's work with CDC/PEPFAR launches a Master's Program in Strategic Information and Planning at ENSEA, Côte d’Ivoire

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The Payson Center for International Development has been working for more than five years with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)/PEPFAR program to strengthen human resources combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Côte d’Ivoire. Drs. William E. Bertrand and Julie Hernandez have conducted several training sessions and capacity-building workshops in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro in order to strengthen relationships and target program officers and managers from the Ministry of Health to local healthcare structures.

This week, Tulane University Payson Center's long-term partnership with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistiques et d’Économie Appliquée (ENSEA) culminated with the opening of a Master's Program in Strategic Information and Planning (MPIS), the first of its kind in West Africa. The degree will train healthcare professionals from the entire region in the best practices, techniques and strategies to collect, analyze and use routine health data for evidence-based planning. At a time when rapid and accurate information is proving crucial for effective interventions in health crisis ranging from malaria morbidity to the Ebola outbreak, the Payson Center is very proud to leave this program as a legacy of its collaboration with the local CDC team, the Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Health and our ENSEA partners. The project's Principal Investigator, Dr. William E. Bertrand said, "We hope this Master's program at ENSEA will continue to be a strategic resource for the sustainable strengthening of healthcare systems throughout the sub–region."

Dr. Koffi Nguessan, ENSEA Director (standing) and  Dr. Jean-Marc Kouadjo (seated), Academic Director for the MPIS

Dr. Koffi N'Guessan, ENSEA Director (standing) and  Dr. Jean-Marc Kouadjo (seated), Academic Director for the MPIS

Student members of the first MPIS cohort at ENSEA

Student members of the first MPIS cohort at ENSEA

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