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Drexel/Rotary International Expands Maternal and Child Healthcare Training in Uganda

April 28, 2015

The Maternal and Child Health Care Project between Drexel University and Makerere University School of Health in Kampala, Uganda, continues to grow. A team recently returned from a multi-week mission that addressed the maternal and infant mortality rate in the East African country, where 16 mothers die in childbirth every day. Thanks to continued support from Rotary International and Rotary Clubs in both Pennsylvania and Uganda, this unique partnership has flourished.

The Vocational Training Team (VTT) from Drexel, including Owen Montgomery, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the College of Medicine, and Michelle Rogers, PhD, associate professor, College of Computing & Informatics, was in Uganda during most of February. They were joined by Drexel College of Engineering alumnus Ron Smith, PhD, '85, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell and a recipient of Drexel University's Alumni Association's Service to Community Award, and his son Ryan Smith, MD, '13, a College of Medicine alumnus. Although CCI Assistant Professor Deborah Turner was not present at the February visit to Uganda, she remains an active member of the VTT team and will be helping to host visiting representatives from Uganda at Drexel in May 2015.

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