NC-Moldova Partnership | NC-Botswana Partnership
Students from Engineers without Borders describe their activitives in Moldova.
National Guard State Partnership Program links U.S. States with partner countries. The program's goals reflect an evolving international
affairs mission for the National Guard using the unique
civil-military nature of the Guard. The State Partners actively participate in
a host of engagement activities ranging from bilateral consultations, to military
familiarization events, civic leader visits, to numerous medical and
Initiation of Public Health Involvement in the NC-Moldova State Partnership Program
Former U.S. Ambassador to Moldova Michael Kirby and N.C. Secretary
of State Elaine Marshall asked the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to join the partnership
to provide guidance in public health-related matters. With funding from the Office of Global Health, Dean Barbara Rimer
sent Brenda Motsinger, the school's director of special projects, to Moldova
for a week in October 2007 to explore the public health issues and needs in
Moldova and to identify possible opportunities for collaboration.
this exploration, in January 2008, the School hosted a NC-Moldova Health
Summit, sponsored by the NC-Moldova Bilateral Affairs Committee, which was
attended by former US Ambassador to Moldova Michael Kirby and the former Moldovan Minister of Health,
Dr. Ion Ababii.
January 2010: Renewing Bilateral Agreement and Parliamentarian Visit
In January 2010, the state of North Carolina and the country of Moldova renewed its Bilateral Agreement
for another five years. This is the third renewal of the agreement since it was first signed in April, 1999.
Moldovan delegation and meeting participants at UNC.
after the renewal of the Bilateral Agreement, the UNC Gillings School
of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Dentistry hosted a
half-day meeting for a delegation of Moldovan Parliamentarians. This
meeting provided public health and dental faculty and students to give
an overview and updates on the work they have been doing in Moldova for
the last 10 years.
Other participants in the meeting included the Greensboro Jewish
Federation, the Carolina Adoption Agency and Rotary International.
The Moldovan Parliamentarian Delegation was hosted for a week's visit in North Carolina by the International Affairs Council of North Carolina
, based in Raleigh.
Improved Water, Sanitation, & Health Education for Moldovan
Photo of children in Moldova. Taken by Don Lauria.
During the January 2008 NC-Moldova Health Summit, Ambassador Kirby suggested that students involved in UNC Engineers Without
(EWB) work with Peace Corps volunteers on water and sanitation issues.
This led to a proposal from EWB, followed by two video conferences, between the
School and Moldova, and finally a reconnaissance visit in October 2008. The
faculty advisor to EWB, Don Laura, PhD, and Phil Singer, PhD, both professors
of environmental science and engineering, Eugenia Eng, PhD, professor of health
behavior and health education and Kari Leech, a student leader in EWB, all
visited Moldova to assess the water-sanitation-health education situation and
prepare a formal proposal for the
The proposed project intended to use students from the UNC
chapter of EWB and graduate students from health behavior and health education to:
1) improve water and sanitation facilities in some of Moldova's 1,500+
elementary and secondary schools and 2) develop and implement an improved health
education curriculum for Moldovan schools. The proposed project is part of a much larger
effort, led by UNICEF. UNC's proposal targets a handful of schools with the
same general goal as the UNICEF project but with additional efforts to build
and strengthen local village and school capacities to ensure sustainability of
A group of EWB students returned to Moldova in Summer 2009 and visited 23 elementary schools in the Gagauzia and Orhei regions of Moldova to assess the water and sanitation conditions, including water sources, indoor bathrooms and latrines, and hand washing facilities. In November 2009, the EWB students shared their report with the Bilateral Affairs Office in Moldova and made recommendations for improvements in specific sites. EWB proposed their involvement in building ventilated improved pit latrines and handwashing facilities, as well as providing hygiene education to the students.
A student trip is planned for summer 2010 to provide hygiene education in two of the schools recommended by the NC National Guard: one is in the Russian-speaking section of Moldova, the other in a Romanian-speaking section of Moldova.
Training: Health Management and
Quality of Care
In December of 2008, Dean Harris, JD, professor of health policy
and management, spent one week in Moldova to give lectures at the Ministry of
Health, School of Medicine and two major hospitals. His topics included quality
of care, patient safety and medical errors, risk management, comparative health
systems and health reform and ethical issues in a global perspective.
addition, he had several meetings with officials of the Ministry of Health who
were working on projects such as a system for licensing physicians and a system
for compensating patients for injuries.
Professor Harris plans to provide advice and feedback to Ministry officials. He has been requested by Moldova's School of Public Health to
collaborate with them to provide distance education.
Professor Harris will return to Moldova in March 2010 to meet with colleagues from the Center
for Health Policies and Studies (Centrul Pentru Politici Si Analize in
Increasing Disaster Awareness in
the Black Sea Area
Disaster training in Moldova.
Bill Gentry, director of the community
preparedness and health policy program in the School's department of health policy
and management, accompanied the North Carolina National Guard on a mission to
promote regional cooperation and interoperability between Black Sea area
nations. Mr. Gentry assisted in facilitating and evaluating a multi-national
exercise program that included participants from Moldova, Ukraine, Romania,
Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey. The exercise program was
designed to increase disaster awareness in the region by familiarizing participants
with all aspects of managing a disaster -- from pre-disaster planning to
response, recovery and mitigation. The
scenario for the exercise was a natural disaster-based event conducted in a
table-top format. The exercise was conducted over five days in Chisinau,
Moldova. More on Mr. Gentry's work in Moldova
UNC Dental Faculty and Students Partner with Moldova
Since 1999, the North Carolina-Moldova Partnership
has served as a bi-lateral association between North Carolina and Moldova to
improve and enrich the lives of Moldovans. One particular need was that greater
than 50% of children 6 years of age have dental caries. Dentists
from UNC, North Carolina and across the US have been teaching and volunteering at orphanages
in Moldova since 2000. There have been exchange programs of professors between
Moldova and NC involving, East Carolina University, Wake Forest University Medical Center, Duke, and UNC.
In 2002, the Moldovan
National Programme for Children Health recognized the need to change the
perception of primary teeth for overall optimal oral health.
In 2007, the
UNC School of Dentistry sent their first team (
UNC dental team in Moldova.
Jonelle S. Grant, DDS
(Pediatric Dental Resident and Masters Student in Maternal and Child Health)
and Matthew Olmsted (DDS 3)) to
Moldova with the specific task of developing a relationship with the State
Medical and Pharmaceutical University "Nicole Testemintau" in Moldova and
assessing the need for dental care for children. They met with the Minister of Health,
Dr. Ibabii and Rector of the Dental
School, Dr. Gordoroja, as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Moldova (at the time), Michael Kirby.
The following year another
team of dental students and residents was sent to Moldova to continue to work
with "Nicole Testemintau" and in clinics in Chisinau and an orphanage in
For UNC Students, these missions provide a window into the lives of
those who are less fortunate than themselves, an opportunity to learn and grow
in a different dental setting, and for many, a new commitment to provide care
for underserved communities and persons in their future careers.
For information on the UNC School of Dentistry's work in Moldova, please contact Rick Mumford
, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry
Area Studies Expertise: UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies
A Title VI U.S. Department
of Education National Resource Center (NRC), the joint UNC-Duke Center for
Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
(CSEEES) promotes the study of our
dynamic region of the world and its languages. The Center supports
graduate student and faculty research, conferences, seminars, visiting
scholars, teacher training, and public outreach programs.
UNC's Master's in Russian and East European Studies
(MA RUES) Curriculum is
administered by CSEEES. Partnering with other units on campus to provide
a range of interdisciplinary course offerings, the Curriculum offers students
opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the histories, cultures,
institutions, and languages of our region. University of North Carolina
students may study Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and
Russian languages and seek some U.S. Department of Education Foreign Languages
and Area Studies (FLAS) funding to do so. Additionally, Romanian language
is offered at Duke University. Faculty members are distinguished in
their research, teaching, service, and professional activities. The
Curriculum has demonstrated success in preparing graduates for professional
careers in areas vital to national security since its first cohort entered in
1999. Graduates have impressive careers in the U.S. State Department,
U.S. Army, U.S. security organizations, international organizations,
educational institutions, and the private sector.
The Curriculum benefits from the Slavic and East European Collections housed at
University Library. Currently, the Slavic and East European holdings at
UNC Chapel Hill are approximately 500,000 volumes. Several electronic
databases and the Andre Savine Collection complement the collection, as does
UNC's unique Cooperative Collection Agreement with Duke University Libraries.
CSEEES and the Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies provide area
studies expertise to the North Carolina-Moldova State Partnership
Program. The broader CSEEES community provides a platform for exchange as
well as fellowship and grant-writing initiatives related to the
partnership. For example, CSEEES faculty advise students seeking
Fulbright grants to research or teach in Moldova. Last year CSEEES and
the Carolina Women's Center co-sponsored a round table on women's health issues
in Moldova. Moderated by Brenda McAdams Motsinger, the forum featured
Dr. Jane Perrin speaking on domestic violence, Major Robert Carver of the North Carolina National Guard, providing an
overview of the North Carolina-Moldova Partnership, Dr. Sharon Weir discussing
HIV/AIDs, and Anson Dorrance relating his efforts to promote women's
empowerment and resilience through sport. This interdisciplinary dialogue
created dialogue between specialists and area studies experts in global women's
The North Carolina - Botswana Partnership initiative was
formalized in 2008 by the Republic of Botswana and the State of North
Carolina. The State Partnership Program is based upon an agreement to
link these two states together to better facilitate cooperation in the areas of
civil emergency operations, expansion of markets, cultural, scientific and
academic exchanges, and the coordination of humanitarian efforts of many
governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Disaster Management Training
Bill Gentry works with a breakout group from the Botswana Defense Force.
Gentry, Director of the Community Preparedness and Health Policy Program in
Health Policy and Management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, accompanied the North
Carolina National Guard on a mission to Botswana to familiarize Botswana
Defense Forces (BDF) and civil preparedness authorities with the management and
coordination between civil and military entities during disaster management
crisis in March 2010. The training
event included 26 Botswana Defense Force and 4 civilian emergency responders.
The intent of the training was to use the week to
establish the core disaster management principles of hazard assessment and
vulnerability, Incident Command System (ICS) utilization, disaster planning,
and resource allocation through "force packages."
March visit to Botswana focused on:
Mr. Gentry also travels to
Moldova in support of their Partnership Program initiative with North Carolina.