Why We are Different
We are demonstrating that community activation, capacity building and local self-reliance can be achieved through consistent, long term, focused partnerships. We have created a model that is scalable from the village to the regional or national level.
- We have developed a system of residency and specialty medical training that results in a transfer of knowledge that can be independently maintained by the host country.
- We are providing mentoring of local R&D teams who have now taken the lead on work being conducted.
- We are engaging communities to systematically access prioritize and tackle local problems.
Making a real difference
GHI programs have provided research findings and interventions leading to reduced infectious disease transmission, cleaner water supplies, early detection of pediatric malaria and a new approach to addressing challenges in the developing world.
- Creating and extending sustainable programs into local communities in collaboration with partner universities, hospitals, local governments and civic leaders.
- Exchanging students, faculty and health professionals with partner universities and hospitals worldwide to create mutual benefit, while giving participants a deeper understanding and respect for the host and visiting country’s culture and tradition.
- Creating long-term partnerships and ongoing programs that can be replicated in other parts of each country and in other countries around the world where similar need exists.
“People come to us from all over the world offering to help and often nothing happens. The University of Utah has brought us programs that have been implemented with a clear understanding of our culture and our needs. Utah follows through - they deliver what they have promised.” - Dr Gladys Ashitey, former Member of Parliament & Deputy Minister of Health, Ghana
Together with its community and private partners, the University of Utah has the research capacity, medical expertise, and commitment to service to allow the GHI to ultimately revolutionize the way medical, health and community development is achieved and thereby has an impact on the lives of millions of people worldwide.
In Ghana, the partnership called the Barekuma Collaborative Community Development Project (BCCDP), later referred to as part of the Ghana-Utah Connection (GhUC), produced a summary of our 2009 achievements. Please download Ghana BCCDP 2009 Annual Report (PDF).