Establishing a Center for Research in Infectious Diseases
About the department
The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) was established by the Ghanaian government in 2011. Its mission is to provide leadership and management of energy and natural resources through interdisciplinary approaches.
The Department of Basic and Applied Biology was established in 2016 to address the long-term health and environmental consequences of natural resources exploitation. The department focuses on training highly-skilled healthcare workers from the middle belt of Ghana, offering BSc programs in Biological Science, Medical Laboratory Science, and Nursing.
Impact on development
The Department of Basic and Applied Biology is the largest institution training skilled healthcare workers in the middle belt of Ghana, a traditionally low-density region that is rapidly developing.
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About the institution
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Why Seeding Labs?
Equipment will outfit the only diagnostic testing center in the middle belt of Ghana for testing and treating neglected tropical diseases and emerging viruses.
It will also allow the department to fully outfit the newly commissioned Center for Research in Infectious Diseases, which will train nearly 1,500 students to take on highly skilled positions in healthcare throughout the region.
Did you know?
Dr. Samuel Fosu Gyasi, a senior lecturer in the department, is the site leader for a WHO-funded study on malaria vaccine implementation