UPenn Health Projects in Africa
School of Arts and Sciences
- Africa Health Practica
In order to further our collaborative ties with the Penn School of Medicine and to promote the study of African health more generally, the African Studies Center offers African experiences of short duration to Penn students. These "practica" are available to both medical students and to graduate students in the social sciences whose work focuses on health-related issues.
- Health and Societies Program- Health in Africa
Course listing for the interdisciplinary Health and Sciences undergraduate program of study offered at the School of Arts and Sciences.
- The Kenya Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (KDICP)
KDICP is part of the Penn Social Networks Project of Penn's Population Studies Center and is formally affiliated with the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The overall aim of this project is to examine the role of social networks in changing attitudes and behavior regarding family size, family planning, and HIV/AIDS in Kenya.
- The Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Project (MDICP)
MDICP is part of the Penn Social Networks Project of Penn's Population Studies Center and is formally affiliated with the Centre for Social Research of the University of Malawi in Zomba, Malawi. The overall aim of this project is to examine the role of social networks in changing attitudes and behavior regarding family size, family planning, and HIV/AIDS in Malawi.
- The African Census Analysis Project
The African Census Analysis Project (ACAP) is a collaborative initiative between the University of Pennsylvania and African institutions specializing in demographic research and training. This initiative was started as an effort to try and maximize the use of African census micro-data for academic and policy oriented research that will be beneficial both to African governments and individuals interested in African research. Project directed by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi of the Deaprtment of Sociology.
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- Penn School of Medicine- Global Health Programs
Global Health Programs coordinates global activities of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and supports the international aspects of research, educational, and service programs. GHP coordinates many educational exchanges, internships and research programs in Africa.
- Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center
The Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of 10 such centers in the United States funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. This Center serves more than 600 patients from the Delaware Valley and provides a focus for laboratory, clinical and educational research. Director of the center, Dr. Ohene-Frempong, is an internationally recognized authority on sickle cell disease.
- Penn Center for AIDS Research
The Penn Center for AIDS Research (Penn-CFAR) is one of 21 NIH-funded CFARs and includes HIV and AIDS investigators at the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Wistar Institute.
- MIRT- Minority International Research Training Program
MHIRT grantees conduct research for at least 10-12 weeks during the summer or one semester during the academic year on a wide variety of diseases and health conditions. The MHIRT Program participants travel to work with international investigators in countries around the world such as Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, Australia, Peru, Spain and South Africa. Contact Janice Curington, The College at Penn, 120 Logan Hall.
- U Penn Health System- Infectious Diseases Training Program, Fellowshihp Program
In collaboration with the Government of Botswana and the Merck and Gates Foundations, the Penn Infectious Diseases faculty has established an international medicine program in Botswana, Africa. Penn fellows currently have the opportunity to obtain clinical training in Botswana.
- Traditional Healing and Modern Medicine in Africa (article)
This article provides a snapshot of the research interests of two Penn professors in the School of Arts and Sciences who are dedicated to issues related to health in Africa.
- Sickle Cell Center, Dr. Ohene-Frempong (article)
This article provides insight into the life and work of Penn Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Ohene-Frempong who heads the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center which has a partnership with a teaching hospital in Kumasi, Ghana.
- Penn, Wharton Alumni- VillageReach (article)
This article is about Wharton alumus Judja-Sato, who established VillageReach. This program uses existing transportation and communication venues, to make basic vaccines and essential drugs available to remote regions of Africa.
- Research Project- Impact of Poor Health and AIDS on Small Businesses in South Africa
This site provides information about this study, conducted by Mark A. Pauly of the U Penn Population Studies Center in 2001-2003.
- Article- Penn HIV Program in Botswana
This article from 2003 discusses the Penn Program in Botswana.
- Dissertation- Health, well-being and mortality in Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia)
Dissertation by Ayagula Bawah, 2002.