University of Rwanda in collaboration with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and the University of Southern California (USA) have been awarded five-year paired grants to form a Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) hub for Eastern Africa focusing on Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The grants were jointly funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Center, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. The award followed intensive preparatory activities during the last three years through linked planning grants from the Fogarty International Center at NIH.
Delegates from the University of Southern California (USC) visited the University of Rwanda (UR) College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) on Friday, January 08th 2016. The visit aimed at starting off the implementation of grant that focuses on air pollution, occupational health and climate change.The Univesity of Southern California team comprised Prof. Krios Berhane, Prof. Jon Samet and Nivvy Hundal. The lead investigator from University of Rwanda is Dr Etienne Rugigana.