Mariam Sanni, Abuja
In a bid to enhance reproductive health study in the country, World Bank has established the Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI) at the University of Benin to help provide reproductive health education and related social service.
Part of the mission of CERHI is to implement high quality training and applied research for reproductive health professionals needed to build a new cohort of human resource for reducing the regions high burden of fertility, unsafe abortion and maternal mortality.
Leader of UNIBEN CERHI centre, Prof. Friday Okonofua, who spoke at the unveiling of CERHI centre said part of its vision is to be a leading institution providing innovative and transformational changes on matters relating to population and development.
Prof. Okonofua said the centre would provide short courses in productive health policy in West and Central Africa as well as post graduates in reproductive health, public health, health economics and nursing.
Okonofua stated that the centre has recruited a total of 252 Masters students, 36 PhD students and 569 students in short courses on reproductive health.
He disclosed that the centre has also received grant from the Ford Foundation and the African Research Excellence Fund for staff training and program expansion.