This year, SHE Collaborates celebrates their 10-year anniversary. In honor of this milestone, we will share in the upcoming months stories of the SHE Collaborates team regarding their projects around the globe.
PROJECT 1 |Ghana, Emmaline Brouwer, project manager SHEC

- The project & what we achieved -

'Between 2012 and 2016 I coordinated project “Improving the quality and relevance of innovative medical education”. Through this collaboration we were able to further develop and strengthen a recently established medical school and its problem based learning curriculum.'
 
- The partners -
'We worked in Tamale, Northern Ghana, at the University for Development Studies and the Tamale Teaching Hospital.'
 
- What I remember most -
'My very first visit to Ghana in early 2013 was unforgettable on so many levels. I learned for example that one’s preference for Star or Club beer is serious matter. I learned about the importance of business cards and I learned some typical Ghanaian English expressions (‘all two of us’) and dishes such as Red-Red and Jollof rice. But most of all I learned that I had found my dream job. Working towards quality education for future health professionals with bright and passionate people from such diverse backgrounds is what inspires me up till today.'
 
- I am proud of... -
'I am proud of two individuals in particular, Prof. Anthony Amalba and Prof. Victor Mogre, who both completed their PhD at SHE as a result of this project, and who now run the Department of Health Professions Education and Innovative Learning at UDS’ School of Medicine.'
 
- Now, 10 years later -
'10 years later, personal friendships and a sustained institutional collaboration flourish. This semester for example, a Maastricht University Health Education & Promotion student conducts her Master’s thesis in collaboration with Profs Amalba and Mogre in Tamale.' 


Emmaline Brouwer

SHE Collaborates - Maastricht University