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 WHO collaboration a vote of confidence on UB

WHO collaboration a vote of confidence on UB

Dated : 05.10.2017


The collaboration between the University of Botswana and World Health Organisation (WHO) is a clear testimony and strong recognition of the sterling performance and quality programmes of the University, says Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Professor David Sebudubudu.
Professor Sebududubudu was speaking during a meeting with WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshediso Moeti, at the University of Botswana on October 3, 2017. WHO and UB collaborate through the School of Nursing which was established initially as the Department of Nursing Education (DNE) in 1978 to offer an undergraduate nursing degree in Bachelor of Education.
 
The DNE was designated a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) of Excellence for Nursing and Midwifery Development in 1990 for four years with terms of reference to develop a model of community home-based care model. Since then, it has received subsequent re-designations following the initial designation and eventually becoming a School of Nursing within the Faculty of Health Sciences in June 2007.
 
Professor Sebudubudu observed that it was now almost 27 years since WHO and UB collaborated, and described the partnership as a vote of confidence on the University. He added that it was also a clear indication that UB offered quality programmes and remained Botswana’s premier institution of higher learning.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor said UB’s achievements were not an overnight event given that for a university to reach such lofty heights was a long arduous process coupled with a huge investment of resources and time.
 
Professor Sebudubudu said for UB to be recognised internationally and by reputable organisations such as WHO was a result of the good work and quality programmes it offered not only to Batswana but to the rest of the world.
 
He said the desire was to see different institutions coming together through collaborations that would eventually precipitate a network of partnerships starting from a regional level and later the rest of Africa for the continent to serve its people well.
 
In response, Dr Moeti was upbeat about her visit to UB given the value they placed on the WHO Collaborating Centre and the role it played in the country and the region. She said it also afforded her the opportunity to get first-hand information on the challenges it faced and other attendant issues.
Dr Moeti said the UB Collaborating Centre’s role was important in that it was a cost effective way of supporting WHO functions in terms of health development, reforming and revitalising the health sector.
 
Director of the UB Centre of Excellence for the World Health Organization and also Head of the School of Nursing, Professor Keitshokile Mogobe, gave an overview of the centre, noting that in terms of partnerships they were working with the SOS Village on issues of sexuality. The centre is also working with the Retired Nurses Association and the Ministry of Health and Wellness to train community home-based volunteers and caregivers, added Professor Mogobe.
 
Furthermore, she said the UB WHO Collaborating Centre was working with other universities and institution for research programmes.
 
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