NMMU Faculty Visit Proves Fruitful to Twinning Partnership

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Two faculty members from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in South Africa visited STLCOP this past week as part of the College’s ongoing twinning partnership with NMMU. The purpose of the partnership is to combat the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.   

The College was chosen to assist in the development and expansion of a pharmacy technician training program at NMMU through a competitive grant process by the American International Health Alliance. Funding for the grant was provided by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The week-long visit by Shirley-Anne Boschmans, head of the pharmacy department at NMMU, and Teri-Lynne Fogarty, lecturer at NMMU, was hosted by the Office of International Programs.

Boschmans and Fogarty met with faculty and staff about ways to assist with the training of pharmacy technicians at NMMU, including the use of distance learning, curriculum development, training of preceptors, and development of instructional materials. Discussions about on-going exchanges of faculty and students between the two institutions also took place. 

The visit included a trip to a local Walgreens, hosted by Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice; a tour of Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s outpatient pharmacy, led by Susan Schneider, technician supervisor at the hospital, and Sara Hancock; pharmacist at the hospital, and a meet-and-greet reception with STLCOP students, faculty, and staff.  

“Our NMMU partners are outstanding professionals and are very dedicated to expanding access to healthcare services in Africa,” says Ken Schafermeyer, director of the STLCOP Office of International Programs. “It’s clear that the College has the resources, expertise, and interest to contribute to the success of this international collaboration, and it’s a pleasure to be involved in this important undertaking.”

The visiting pharmacists also set aside time to take in the Gateway City, from museums and the Missouri Botanical Garden to a Cardinals baseball game. 

For more information about the College’s partnership with NMMU, visit http://www.stlcop.edu/news/pressreleases/southafrica.html

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