Howard University in Washington, D.C., has recently established the Howard University Global Initiative in Nigeria (HUGIN). The new nongovernmental organization will be based in Nigeria and will facilitate Howard University’s programs in health, education, and capacity-building projects that train pharmacists, physician, nurses, and other health care professionals in Nigeria in HIV treatment and prevention.
Anthony K. Wutoh, assistant provost for international programs and dean of the College of Pharmacy at Howard University, stated, “Howard University is committed to working in Africa and serving the needs of the African Diaspora. Howard recognizes that in order to better serve the people of Nigeria and meet regulatory requirements, it would be in the best interest to provide capacity building and sustainable development through creation of a local NGO.”
Dr. Wutoh noted that various schools and colleges at Howard University have conducted or have current research and training projects in Nigeria. HUGIN can now serve as the unit to facilitate the activity of Howard University faculty, staff, and students in Nigeria.