From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The University of Benin, UNIBEN, has received a grant from the World Bank to serve as Centre for Research for Reproductive Health Initiative, CERHI, in the West African sub region.
The university is to partner with seven universities across West Africa to give training in Reproductive Health, safe motherhood, family planning information and services, adolescent reproductive health prevention and treatment of infertility and sexual dysfunction.
The seven named institutions are University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Ghana, Nigerian of Medical Research, Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology, Ghana.
The universities have pledged their support towards the project and the vice chancellor of the UNIBEN, Osayuiki Oshodin, has said that the grant would be used to strengthen research in reproductive health in the sub region.
Representative of the National University Commission, Eugene Okpere, also promised that the NUC would support the take off of the centre, challenging UNIBEN and the partnering institutions to impact positively on the nation’s health sector through the programme.