In early November 2009 Alex Berland and John Richards attended the Board of Directors’ meeting at Mid-Main Community Health Centre, to report on progress with the College of Nursing. As the project sponsor, MMCHC has been a key supporter from the outset. Directors Deirdre Evans, John Richards and Katia Wong have all visited and taught at IUBAT. You can read more about the other activities of this progressive primary health care clinic at www.midmaincommunityhealth.net.

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Two of our intrepid volunteers have published accounts of their recent experiences in Dhaka. During summer 2008, Robin Scobie, a faculty member at University of Victoria, developed and taught one of the community health nursing courses. Her report is in the June issue of X-Claim! the newsletter from the Xi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International http://www.xieta.nursing.ubc.ca/XClaimJune2009.pdf.

Katie Scott, an Emergency Room nurse from Alberta, has made two trips to IUBAT to teach medical-surgical nursing. You can read her account in the Journal of Emergency Nursing July 2009:35 (4): 277-398. http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0099-1767%2809%2900147-0

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In late August, five College of Nursing students completed all the requirements to receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from IUBAT. In addition to their course work, they defended a research project before a cross-university and external audience, wrote a comprehensive exam and passed an oral examination, again with a cross-faculty panel. Congratulations to Saphalata Chaudhary, Bimala Rai, Sushma Sapkota, Poonam Shah, Sweta Sharma and Sushila Shrestha! They are now eligible to apply for registration with the Bangladesh Nursing Council and begin their professional careers.

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