Throughout 2012, Ohio State officials and senior leaders from the Health Science Colleges joined with members of the Ohio State Global Strategies and International Affairs Office as they visited partner institutes in Ethiopia.
Led by Dr. Lonnie King, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Executive Dean of Health Sciences, the OSU teams explored collaborative opportunities among academic institutions in Ethiopia related to the health sciences at the University of Gondar and Addis Ababa Universities, in particular. Ohio State's representatives met with key stakeholders, government ministers, and other officials to learn more about the country's priorities for global health, food security and other opportunities for collaboration with Ohio State.
Participating in the December 2012 visit to Ethiopia were College of Dentistry Dean Patrick Lloyd, D3 student Beau Meyer, Pharmacy Dean Robert Brueggemeier, Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow, Opthalmology Professor Tom Mauger, Pharmacy Professor Karl Werbovetz, Veterinary Medicine Professor Wondwossen Gebreyes, and African-American Studies Professor Kelechi Kalu. The team members met with the President of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde Giorgis, at the National Presidential Palace in the capital city of Addis Ababa, and they toured health care facilities and clinics at the Universities of Gondar and Addis Ababa.
Prior to the trip, Dean Lloyd solicited donations of dental textbooks for the School of Dentistry at Addis Ababa University, which is in the process of building a new dental education and treatment facility. "The oral health care needs of Ethiopian citizens are great," Dean Lloyd said. "We have an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life for the people in that country."
Commenting on the recent meetings with Ohio State's senior leaders and health science deans, President Wolde Giorgis welcomed the potential for collaborations with the University. "I commend The Ohio State University and all the partners on this noble effort... that will undoubtedly have a strong impact on our nation and the region in general."