Dr. Seye Babatunde
- Project Co-ordinator
- Centre for Health & Development
ABOUT USCentre for Health & Development
The Centre for Health and Development evolved from over four years of collaboration between faculty members from the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt - Nigeria and the University of Toronto, Toronto - Canada; that culminated in a formal partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2001.
In 2006, the partnership secured a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to establish a Centre for Health and Development (CHD) at the University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt. Under the provision of the grant, the Centre aims to train health workers in the management of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) as its project. It is expected that the CHD will train 300 health and comunity workers to roll out anti retro-viral therapy (ART) in hospitals and community-based settings, and build partnerships between health institutions and community-based organizations (CBSo) in the first six years of its existence.
A Governing Board, constituted by two Project Directors from the two universities (the Principal Investigators); the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt; and two additional senior members of staff of the lead universities, main oversight on the administration of CHD. The Board meets three times in a year, face-to-face or by teleconference.
CHD is managed on a day-to-day basis by a Program Manager, a member of staff of the University of Port Harcourt, who is supported by a Program Officer, a Program Assistant, and Project Officers recruited for conducting activities for specific research projects. A counterpart Program Manager in Canada compliments the administration of CHD for the University of Toronto, Toronto. Each project under CHD will be advised by a Project Management Committee (PMC), which is chaired by the Principal Investigator for the specific research project.
Research Associates (Fellows) of the CHD are members of staff of both Universities of Port Harcourt and Toronto who participate in various capacities in the implementation of the activities of CHD, in addition to being the primary beneficiaries of the CHD's programmes.