WASHINGTON (June 06, 2014) – A Howard University delegation, led by Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., assistant provost for international programs and dean of the College of Pharmacy, recently visited Nigeria to facilitate the formation of the Howard University Global Initiative in Nigeria (HUGIN).
HUGIN is a locally registered non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nigeria and will serve as the implementation unit for Howard’s various health, training and capacity-building projects in the country.
“Howard University is committed to working in Africa and serving the needs of the African Diaspora,” said Wutoh. “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.”
For more than a decade, Howard has served as a nonprofit partner in HIV prevention and training projects, as well as in capacity-building activities that train pharmacists, physicians, nurses and other health care providers in HIV, tuberculosis and malaria treatment and prevention. These projects have been funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
During this period, Howard has trained more than 2,000 pharmacists in Nigeria, provided counselling and testing to over 750,000 pregnant women and provided antiretroviral prophylaxis to over 25,000 HIV-positive women.
Accompanying Dean Wutoh to Nigeria in April was a team of legal, financial and programmatic officials from Howard University, including Andre Powell, assistant vice president for academic finance, and Debra Santos, interim controller, who provided presentations on grant financial management and accounting and budgeting. Saundra Brown, associate vice president for risk management and compliance, provided training in adherence to U.S. government-sponsored program policies and procedures.
Grace Jennings, Ph.D., serves as the program manager for several projects conducted by the University in Nigeria. She noted that the formation of HUGIN is a proud moment for Howard University because it highlights Howard’s leadership role in helping to improve Nigeria’s health care system. Christina Flood, project budget analyst, and Janine Cannon, program assistant, also accompanied the team and provided operational support.
Dean 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.