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Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative welcomes a Tanzanian visitor

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/20/06 • Susan Knapp• (603) 646-3661

The Dartmouth community recently welcomed Alli Mcharazo, the senior librarian at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences and the chairman of the Tanzanian Library Association. Dr. Alli, as he was known, visited for two weeks in early December, and he met with a variety of people on campus as part of Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative, which is led by Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

Stephen Spielberg and Alli Mcharazo
DMS Dean Stephen Spielberg (left) and Dr. Alli Mcharazo (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Dr. Alli was particularly interested in Dartmouth's comprehensive library offerings, and he met with numerous representatives from Dartmouth's two biomedical libraries, the Dana Biomedical Library (on the Dartmouth campus) and the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center). He also met with people involved with website operations, fundraising initiatives, continuing education efforts, and engineering experts about a project now underway to deliver reliable and consistent electric power to the Tanzanian university. Dr. Alli also visited libraries at the University of Vermont and at Harvard University.

"I had met Alli on one of my visits to Dar es Salaam," says Richard Waddell, a research assistant professor of medicine at DMS who helped orchestrate the visit. "I'm so glad we could return the favor by arranging for him to come to Dartmouth and meet with some people on our campus. I know he enjoyed learning from his counterparts here in New England."

Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative includes the creation of an extended global health program in Tanzania, engaging campus and community members in a discussion of global health issues, and a curricular component, which will include developing new courses in global health for undergraduates. In addition to the Dickey Center and DMS, it also involves faculty from Arts & Sciences, the Tuck School, and the Thayer School of Engineering.

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