MONROVIA-Participants at a USAID-funded three-day Liberia Health Education and Research Conference (LHERC) have been challenged to take advantage of the learning opportunity and reap maximum benefits through learning and interaction.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, the Liberia Medical Students Association (LMSA), with support from the USAID-funded BRIDGE-U: Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia Project, convened the maiden edition of the Liberia Health Education and Research Conference.
The conference is taking place at the University of Liberia’s College of Health Sciences (ULCHS) in Congo Town from December 7-10, 2022.
The Conference aims to promote an inter-professional approach to contemporize healthcare education through research skills development among these individuals.
The LHERC is a four-day scientific research conference that brings together one hundred emerging health professionals and professionals across Liberia’s health sector.
The Conference is being held under the theme “An Inter-professional Approach to Contemporizing Health Education Through Research Skills Development.”
At the start of the conference, Madam Fatee Wollo-Zeigler, Administrative Assistant, ULCHS, urged the participants not to take the conference for granted.
“Don’t take it for granted. In other countries, you will pay a lot to come to these kinds of programs. Here you got it for free,” she said.
Madam Wollo-Zeigler discouraged the participants from a habit of devaluing a free something, urging them instead to take advantage of the learning opportunity they have now so that they don’t regret it later.
Making a remark, Frankie K. Fahnbulleh, representing the Liberia Medical Students Association, said he was glad that they had all gathered to ensure that the conference would become a success.
He encouraged participants to ensure that they complete the process.
Also making remarks, Cyrise S.Y. Williams, a participant, expressed joy for being a part of the conference that brings students with different knowledge together to interact.
He applauded the organizers of the conference, saying it takes serious efforts for such an organization to take effect.
“And for that, I want to applaud the organizers for this tremendous effort because to see people nowadays, you know, adhering to such [a] call, especially when a little fee is attached, people think that it is too much,” he said.
Also, Christine Yassah Brown, another participant, said she was excited to be a part of the conference. She thanked the organizers and assured them that they will serve as ambassadors to encourage other young people to partake in such conferences.
During the conference, the teaching sessions focus on the significance of research and inter-professional approach in advancing the health sector.
It also aims to establish a physical network of emerging healthcare professionals for collaboration in tackling various health challenges.