Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The relationship between GW and the Maritime Medical Access (MMA) program as reported by Nathan Grossman in the GW Hatchet strikes me as an excellent partnership between academia and the private sector. In this particular case, i.e. the attempted seizing of the Maersk Alabama in waters off Somalia, MMA played only a modest role. The situation may be very different, however, during the next maritime incident. As a member of the technical advisory board of GW's Africa Center for Health and Human Security, I have learned a great deal about the connections between the university, especially the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and Africa. They are considerable and growing. The link with MMA is just another indication of the university's engagement with Africa.