Carole McArthur, M.D., Ph.D.
The US-Cameroon Health Program, more recently named, AfriHealth Partnerships International (API), is aimed at capacitance-building in Africa. The program is sustained by a grass-roots initiative conceived by Dr. Carole McArthur in the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences in the School of Dentistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The goal of this program initiated in 1995, is to foster interdisciplinary studies between investigators in the U.S. and investigators in Africa to strengthen the local response to the detection, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. A primary goal is to strengthen the infrastructure of African Research to improve outcomes via improved technologies developed within universities and NGOS. Translational research is primarily directed towards reduction in HIV transmission and MDR/XDR drug resistant TB and fungi.
African research opportunities for students and residents are broad and span tropical medicine (malaria, TB, oncocerciasis, AIDS), oral health (salivary gland disease, traditional medicine), ophthalmology, translational medicine (diagnostic test development, evaluation, and implementation studies) as well as aspects of traditional medicine such as the role of scarification in HIV transmission. There are also graduate research opportunities in social science (education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science), pharmacology, traditional medicine and nursing. The program has collaborations with 12 hospitals in Cameroon, two in Congo and four in South Africa with respect to HIV and TB research. Dr. McArthur, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Ngang Achu, developed the first TB reference laboratory in the North West Province of Cameroon at the Mezam Polyclinic HIV/AIDS Treatment Center in Bamenda in 2003. This has now expanded to a new building in the Regional Hospital in Bamenda supported by the Cameroonian Government and Global Fund providing TB diagnosis and therapy for local hospitals and clinics in the entire Northwest Province.
Other potential topics of graduate research interest in social science are: empowerment and health promotional strategies for women, role of traditional healing on HIV transmission, impact of herbal remedies on HIV, prostitution and HIV, family care of HIV patients, culturally sensitive counseling methods for HIV, impact of HIV on family structure, children and adolescent HIV education.
AfiHealth Partnerships International Personnel in Cameroon
Director: Carole McArthur M.D., Ph.D., email@example.com