Building Stronger Universities

The Global Health Section (GHS) has been engaged in the Danida flagship “Building Stronger Universities” (BSU) since the early pilot phase in 2010. In the initial year support was mainly provided for needs assessments and pilot activities. Since then collaboration in established partnerships with universities in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ghana has included:

  • Development of postgraduate and PhD courses
  • Online and blended learning, problem based learning, supervisory and mentoring skills
  • PhD co-supervision
  • Pilot research projects
  • Scientific and grant writing, research project management, proposal development
  • Upgrading of laboratory, library, ICT and financial management facilities and procedures
  • Formulation of university policies and guidelines
  • Networking, outreach, research dissemination

Apart from the university-wide and generic capacity building activities support is also allocated to research activities within a range of thematically focused health topics. The present collaboration with the State University of Zanzibar under BSU phase lll, aimed at improving public health while at the same time enhancing the sustainable growth of the tourism sector, supports pilot research studies on waste management, food safety, mosquito borne diseases, marine ecosystem health and services.

Ongoing collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana focuses on health delivery systems and specifically on mass drug administration in onchocerciasis (river blindness) control.

Project period: 
Pilot phase 2010; Phase l 2011-13; Phase ll 2014-2017; Phase lll 2017 – 2021

Source of funding: Danida