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UKZN Partners with Florida University for Wellness Fair

March 29, 2016

 
Wellness Fair on Westville campus. 
More than 50 delegates from Florida A&M University were on UKZN’s Westville campus for a Wellness Fair held in partnership with the School of Health Sciences. 

Members of the university community were screened for diabetes, had their body mass index examined, and received health tips, with referrals being made where necessary. 

Supported by the School’s Dean and Head, Professor Mahmoud Soliman, the Wellness Fair was the result of an on-going partnership between the Pharmaceutical Sciences disciplines of UKZN and Florida University, whose delegates spent a week in South Africa which included their Westville campus visit.

Second-year student, Ms Nkechi Ikediobi of the Centre for Health Equity in Florida, said she wanted to become a professor of pharmacy and play a leading role in policy-making and implementation. The South African trip had exposed them to similarities and differences in national health changes. 

Ikediobi said HIV, child mortality and diabetes remained prevalent overseas with underprivileged communities facing many disparities in primary health care. 

‘The partnership’s cultural immersion programme sensitises students to challenges faced by each other’s host country and they learn to engage with people from different walks of life,’ said Dr James Moran who led the visit. 

Soliman said: ‘One of the goals in the School of Health Sciences is to sustain existing partnerships, forge new relationships and be actively engaged with the outside community – national and international stakeholders. 

‘Through collaborative partnerships, staff and student development, training activities, sharing visions, and other educational and research opportunities, we are creating an international footprint for our institution and broadening its vision,’ Soliman said.

‘An example of this is our partnership with Florida A&M University  which developes students and staff, establishes collaborative networks and cultural exchange programmes, and creates international opportunities for our graduates and  a visible global landscape for our institutes.’

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