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African Studies program welcomes visiting professors

ATHENS, Ohio (April 17, 2006) -- Ohio University's African Studies Program and College of Health and Human Services welcome visiting professors Kole A. Shettima and Prisca Nemapare to campus to teach about African health issues this spring. Shettima is the director of the MacArthur Foundation's Africa Office and co-chair of the Foundation's Higher Education Initiative in Africa. He is responsible for grant making in the Population & Reproductive Health area, Global Challenges, and the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa. Nemapare is the founder of Zienzele Foundation.

Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation in 1999, Shettima taught at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, the University of Toronto and at Ohio University. He was state coordinator and national education coordinator of Women in Nigeria; coordinator of the Working Group on Nigeria, Toronto; and co-chair of the Economic Justice Working Group of the Inter-Church Coalition on Africa, Toronto. Shettima is on the board of several organizations including the Center for Democracy and Development. He has published in several academic journals including Africa Development, Review of African Political Economy, African Studies Review and Journal of Asian and African Studies. Shettima has a doctoral degree from the University of Toronto, a master's degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maiduguri.

Prisca Nemapare grew up in rural Zimbabwe, where she attended both primary and secondary school. Determined to continue her education, she found her way to the University of Tennessee for her undergraduate education. She received her doctoral degree in nutrition and taught nutrition at Ohio University as an associate professor in the Human and Consumer Sciences Department. During her tenure at Ohio University, she proposed and secured funding from Earthwatch to pursue her interests in nutritional health in her native Zimbabwe. From these efforts came the yearly field efforts in rural Zimbabwe with volunteers from all walks of life. In 1999, Nemapare resigned her position at Ohio University to return to her homeland. During almost 15 years of infant and maternal nutrition research in rural areas of Zimbabwe, she had become aware of the growing problems related to AIDS orphans and their caregivers. Determined to address this issue, she established the Zienzele Foundation as a charitable organization focused on building self-reliance and caring for HIV/AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe.

"While we are always happy to welcome visiting faculty from Africa, the crucial value in having Dr. Prisca Nemapare and Dr. Kole Shettima on our campus this quarter is that both bring immediate applied experience of Africa's development challenges in the health fields to an Ohio University community that they both know well and have kept in touch with since their previous service on the faculty," said W. Stephen Howard, director of African Studies and the Institute for the African Child. "Both Dr. Nemapare and Dr. Shettima have played critical roles in helping to establish the Institute for the African Child, the signature theme of African Studies on this campus."

Nemapare is teaching a course in the School of Human and Consumer Sciences on HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa that will address the effects of HIV/AIDS on communities, women and children in the area. Shettima is teaching a course in the School of Health Sciences on African Healthcare Policy.

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Media Contact: Assistant Director of African Studies Acacia Nikoi, (740) 597-1511 or Nikoi@ohio.edu 

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