Botswana college signs MoU with Swaziland
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Swaziland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Botswana’s Boitekanelo College to formalise bilateral cooperation in the coordination of public health issues, research, student exchange programme and capacity building. Speaking to Biztechafrica, Tuduetso Kelapile, Communications and Public Relations Manager said they have plans for mHealth in their next memoranda. “We cannot rule out another signing which will seriously look at issues related to mobile health.”
The Swazi Kingdom was represented by the Minister of Health, Sibongile Ndlela-Simelani while Boitekanelo College was represented by the college’s president, Dr. Tiro Mampane.
Under the five year MoU, the two organisations have agreed to share expertise in the area of Emergency Medical Services as well as all aspects of modern technology related to health.
As part of the cooperation Boitekanelo College students will be attached to the Department of Emergency Medical Services of Swaziland. The College will on the other hand offer capacity building for Swazi health officials in pre-hospital emergency care. The two institutions have also committed to undertake research initiatives centered at improving health care systems in areas of pre-hospital care services with the emphasis on mHealth.
Speaking at the Signing Ceremony that was held in Mbabane, Swaziland, Dr Mampane assured the Swazi Government that Boitekanelo College will strive for implementation of the MoU. For her part, the Health Minister, Ndlela-Simelani expressed gratitude over the formalization of the collaboration, citing that the MoU will further strengthen the country’s vision of providing quality health care to the people of Swaziland. She indicated that the deliverables of the MoU are in line with her Ministry’s national strategic plan.
Meanwhile Boitekanelo College has secured internship placement for a group of 20 students who will be attached for one month at Raleigh Fithkin Memorial Hospital in Swaziland. The students will depart for Swaziland on 27th June, 2014. The attachment is part of the student exchange programme covered in the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding.