The tradition of the Würzburg - Mwanza partnership goes back to the 1960ies. Starting from a city partnership, the cooperation has constantly expanded. Today it involves hospitals, universities and the city governments, and covers multiple areas. It includes research projects, exchange programs, joint efforts for climate protection and cooperation in postgraduate clinical education. Going beyond Mwanza’s city borders, a community-focussed program to fight schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease affecting > 70% of people around Lake Victoria was implemented.
Up to now, all these activities were dependent on individual commitment and short-term external funding. Synergistic effects between different initiatives remained largely unexploited and long-term strategic development was hardly possible. Therefore, the Else Kröner Center for Advanced Medical & Medical Humanitarian Studies was founded as a sustainable structure to develop the cooperation between Mwanza and Würzburg to the next level.
The new Center does not only unite current activities, but also expands existing efforts, including a structured exchange program at different levels, a bilateral study curriculum, joint research projects, and improvement of hospital- and community-based medical care. In combining these approaches with improved education and training of young academics and clinicians and a professional management, the Else Kröner Center will have a long-term positive effect on medical care in Mwanza and Victoria Lake Zone at large.
© Sascha Montag
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD
MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Medical-humanitarian development cooperation, Else Kröner-Fresenius-Foundation, Germany
Dr. Safari Kinung'hi
Director of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza Centre, Tanzania
Dr. Fabian Masaga
Director General Bugando Medical Center, Tanzania
Dr. Antonio Montresor
Professional Officer, Neglected Tropcial Diseases, WHO, Switzerland
Prof. Francisca Mutapi
Professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr. Alphoncina Masako Nanai
National Professional Officer, Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO Country Office, Tanzania
Prof. Wolfgang Preiser
Professor of Medical Virology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Lord Mayor of Würzburg, Germany
Selemani Yahaya Sekiete
City Director of Mwanza, Tanzania
Prof. Dennis Tappe
Professor at Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropcial Medicine, Germany
The Advisory Board functions as an external advisory committee for the Else Kröner Center. It consists of eight external consultants, which meet once per year to discuss about the progress of the EKC and give advice regarding its strategic development.