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Calling all Health NGOs and others working in the field of health in Madagascar: help find and train your perfect employee

We believe you will be very interested in this important new London Scholarships for Health in Madagascar (LUSH) programme that aims to send Malagasy health professionals to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), part of the University of London, for world class training at the Masters degree level in the field of public health. These highly qualified scholars could then return to work for you and help your organisation as well as helping Madagascar improve its health systems.

Madagascar and the world famous London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are calling on NGOs, who are keen to employ a highly qualified Malagasy health professional, to assist with funds for a scholarship programme to send them to London to study for a year. They would probably be studying an MSc in public health, aimed particularly at developing countries and partially tailored to suit your and their particular requirements. The scheme aims to send its first students to London in September 2010.

It is expensive to send someone to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for a year, but it is one of the leading institutions in the world for tropical medicine, teaching and research. There is also (at a lesser cost) the opportunity to study various public health MSc courses using long distance learning systems as part of the School’s renowned internet programme.

Doing it this way, means that you will be able to employ someone who really is highly motivated and outstanding in his or her field immediately on their return to Madagascar. A key part of the scholarship award process before leaving for study in London would be discussions with the NGO and the LUSH Scholarship Awards Committee in Madagascar on the precise details of the job they would be doing on their return.

The LUSH programme has already been approved by the Madagascar Ministry of Health and is seeking finance for a ten year Madagascar scholarship scheme. Your organisation can sponsor an individual health professional to study in London or to take an MSc by long distance learning, or simply help to finance the programme to improve training for Malagasy health professionals.

The London School is one of the best places in the world for studying public health in developing countries and is noted for its successful health and research programmes in India and several African countries. LHSTM is actively looking to help you provide the long term help in Madagascar that is sometimes overlooked by specific world health programmes targeted at specific problems like malaria, bilharzia and early maternal mortality.

In addition to training top health professionals, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has carried out breakthrough research on malaria, TB, AIDS and many other tropical diseases and is currently working on an anti-malaria vaccine.

We do hope your NGO would like to support and take advantage of this programme.