Apr 13, 2012

School of Health Sciences hosts Eisenhower Fellow Lecture on post-revolution Egypt

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Eisenhower Fellow Gehan ElSharkawy, child protection consultant at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood of Egypt, will present “Liberation, Protection and Aspiration: Thoughts from Post-Revolution Egypt” at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 19 on the campus of the University of South Dakota. Sponsored by USD’s School of Health Sciences, the event is at room 107 of the Lee Medical Building.

“We are very honored that the Eisenhower Fellowships Program chose USD to support Ms. ElSharkawy’s efforts to strengthen the Egyptian child protection system,” said Michael Lawler, Ph.D, dean of USD’s School of Health Sciences.

ElSharkawy is responsible for policymaking, planning, implementation and monitoring of programs at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), the highest body in Egypt entrusted with issues that impact the development of millions of children and mothers. She also has nearly 10 years of experience in disability programs and has participated in international events and conducted qualitative studies in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Kenya. Her current responsibilities include strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the newly created Child Protection Unit.

On her fellowship, ElSharkawy will research legislation and policies that will contribute to putting in place an Egyptian national child protection system, as well as explore effective child advocacy strategies and communication tools.

About the School of Health Sciences

USD’s School of Health Sciences has nine programs offering bachelor of science degrees in alcohol and drug studies, dental hygiene, health sciences, medical laboratory science, nursing, and social work; an associate of science degree in nursing; master of science degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies; master of social work; master of arts in addiction studies; and a doctorate of physical therapy degree. For more information about USD’s School of Health Sciences, please visit www.usd.edu/health/ or call (605) 677-5000.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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