Historically Black Meharry Medical College in Nashville and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, have announced a joint initiative with the University of Zambia in Africa to develop an international exchange program focused on disease research and prevention. Under the agreement students and faculty at the graduate and doctorate levels will participate in an exchange program centered on seven core areas of health science: HIV/AIDS, cancer, HPV, late-onset diabetes, hypertension, infectious disease, and malnutrition. The exchange program will begin in the fall of 2018.
Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine said that “this agreement between three like-minded organizations promises to accelerate treatment and care options for AIDS, diabetes, cancer and other disease states that plague the people of America and Africa. By collaborating more closely we can impact more fully the lives of the people we serve.”
James E.K. Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College, added that “the opportunity to work in collaboration with the University of Zambia and Morehouse expands the academic, clinical and research horizons of our students and faculty to a foreign continent, culture and people. In today’s global society, Meharry’s mission is no longer contained to borders or city limits. We must serve the underserved wherever they live in the world and this partnership is an important step forward in that direction.”