Yonsei University Partners UHAS in ‘Health Vocational Training’
Yonsei University of Korea is partnering the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana, to promote health vocational training in communities.
The project is aimed at encouraging students to go into deprived communities and render healthcare services to the under privileged.
Already, students of UHAS spend between six to eight weeks working with preceptors (community health workers) to expose them to communal service.
The National Research Foundation of Korea is committing $1.4 million dollars to the four-year partnership with supports from the Ministry of Education, Korea and the Ghana Health Service.
The package includes; students and staff exchange programmes, joint research activities and other programmes geared towards bringing the universities closer to the communities.
Professor John Gyapong, Vice Chancellor of UHAS, at a stakeholders’ workshop and capacity building, which is part of the partnership said UHAS was ready to make good use of the opportunity, especially technology transfer.
Professor So Yoon Kim, Leader of the Team from Yonsei University was hopeful the partnership would “grow beyond expectation.”
Dr. Timothy Letsa, Volta Regional Director of Health Services described the exchange programmes as laudable and commended the two institutions for the foresight.
He expressed gratitude to the Korean Government for its continued support to the health sector in Ghana and the Volta Region, in particular and pledged the readiness of the Directorate to support the partnership.