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MUSC College of Nursing dean launches mental health curriculum in Africa

Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, returned from Africa where she developed and launched a mental health curriculum for health care officials in Monrovia, Liberia. Stuart was recently tapped by the Carter Center to lead a mental health workshop that will aid in the efforts to develop a mental health component of training for mid-level providers for Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Ghana Project - A Better Future

A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.

But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.

Ghana Project - A Better Future

A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.

But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.

Bricks of Promise

It wasn't just a brick. It was a literal and figurative building block — a brick that promised sustainability, friendship and a better future for a small village in Ghana. It's a piece of building material that has unified people on both sides of an ocean, a brick that portends commerce, culture, health and home. A brick that heralds vocation, growth and change to a village named Okurase. But the first brick Moore held was the remnant of disappointment.

Bricks of Promise

It wasn't just a brick. It was a literal and figurative building block — a brick that promised sustainability, friendship and a better future for a small village in Ghana. It's a piece of building material that has unified people on both sides of an ocean, a brick that portends commerce, culture, health and home. A brick that heralds vocation, growth and change to a village named Okurase. But the first brick Moore held was the remnant of disappointment.

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First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

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This post was written by Rob Bartlett, MD

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