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Canadian nurse researchers start Vietnam project

from Canadian Nurse Journal

May, 1997

Four faculty members from the School of Nursing, Memorial University of Newfoundland, have begun a five-year project that aims to train selected Vietnames nurses to become primary health care workers for rural Vietnam.

The Carudian International Development Agency awarded $749,257 to Memorial's team last fall; their project was one of 12 selected for funding from a total of 54 projects considered at a final national competition. Team members are: Dr. Lan Gien, Project Director and Professor; Pumima Sen, Honourary Research Professor; Dr. Maureen Laryea, Associate Professor; and Judy Blakeley, Assistant Professor.

Most of the training will be done in Vietnam. However, some of the Vietnamese students will attend Memorial University School of Nursing to complete part of their program.

The project will benefit various stakeholders in both countries. Benefits fo Memorial University School of Nursing include increased experience in international health among faculty and students, and an opportunity to further develop MUN's expertise in primary health cam for transfer to local health services, especially in rural Newfoundland communities. From the Vietnamese perspective, women and children will be prime beneficiaries of primary health care workers' services. The project will also generate employment for health professionals and private sectors in both Newfoundland and Vietnam.

The CIDA grant will be administered by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The total value of the project is $1.2-million.
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