The Minnesota Project lasted from 1955 to 1961. The six-year program was a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Seoul National University focused on rebuilding medical infrastructure in South Korea after the Korean War. To this day, it continues to show robust outcomes.
The city of Seoul is a bustling metropolis with its blend of modern skyscrapers towering in the downtown area and Gyeongbok palace just a subway train ride away. South Korea has quickly risen to become a global leader in technology and industry, particularly within medicine.
From 2017 to 2019, the University of Minnesota partnered with Kabul University of Medical Sciences to build capacity for training the future health workforce in Afghanistan. As the project comes to a close, the interdisciplinary team reflects on the experience and their hopes for continuing partnership.
Health sciences faculty from Minnesota and Kabul, Afghanistan have virtually and physically traveled across the world to meet and learn from one another. They met in-person five times over two years. Relationship-building and educational activities took place where local partnerships could also be established in countries accessible for both Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS) and University of Minnesota (UMN) colleagues, including India, Rwanda, and Egypt. Integral partners in these host countries included the University of Rwanda, the National Reference Laboratory of Rwanda, and Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
Since 2012, the University of Minnesota has partnered with the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) to build the agency's capacity to perform health screening and health assessments for U.S.-bound refugees.
The IOM is the leading international organization committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. The University's partnership with the IOM, currently led by the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR), has focused primarily on training programs, exchanges and providing subject matter expertise.
CGHSR welcomes Dr. Lindy Fenlason MD MPH, Senior Nutrition and Capacity Building Advisor at USAID to the University of Minnesota. In the first position of its kind, Dr. Fenlason is serving as a liaison between USAID and the University of Minnesota with the goal of strengthening partnerships between USAID and academia, exploring and expanding mutually beneficial connections and promoting the expertise housed in both institutions.
Bill Stauffer, MD, MSPH with the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and University of Minnesota Medical School answers questions on the status of global health today and what is done to keep global and local communities healthy. He shares about the evolving definition of global health, and how he is working to advance health worldwide. Learn what he has to say.