Brock in the World - Honduras

Brock in the World - Honduras

Brock Department of Community Health Sciences Collaboration with Universities in Honduras

Since 2002, Professor Ana L. Sanchez has been collaborating with colleagues at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and the National Agriculture University (UNA) in the area of parasite and infectious diseases research in partnership with international organizations, health professionals, and civil society to enhance capacity, knowledge, and awareness of the associated health problems in local communities.

In 2003, Sanchez received funding from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop the multimedia tutorial “Taenia Solium: A common parasite affecting global health”. The tutorial, produced in cooperation with media developer Tony Fairfield, is available at FAO’s website and has been distributed to endemic countries in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

In 2004, Sanchez took the first group of Brock undergraduate students to Honduras as part of the experiential module of a new International Health Field course offered by the Department of Community Health Sciences. Due to the success of her course, two more groups have gone to Honduras in 2005 and 2006, for a total of 53 Brock students who now have an increased awareness and understanding of the health issues in developing countries.

Brock students that have participated in these field courses have also worked with UNAH colleagues on graduate research and other forms of independent study, funded by Canadian agencies such as IDRC - the International Research Development Centre.

In addition, two UNAH faculty members brought a 10-member course of Medical Science and Microbiology students to Brock for a similar academic field course experience in August 2005. Their next course at Brock is being planned for Summer 2007. From the platform of this course, Sanchez is encouraging other colleagues at Brock to pursue health-related research interests in Honduras.

As Sanchez’ research cooperation with Honduras expands, she is interested in attracting other international research partners, and recently, a trilateral memorandum of understanding has been signed between Brock, UNAH, and the George Washington University to pursue common research interests.