IMAGE: Burnet Africa Program Manager, Mary-Ann Nicholas with Australia's Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Ms Suzanne McCourt
The Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Ms Suzanne McCourt, gained new perspectives into Burnet research during a tour of the Institute’s laboratories on Friday.
The tour included a visit to the Gilson-Crabb Laboratory where Zimbabwean-born Dr Sarah Charnaud showed the Ambassador live malaria parasites under a high-powered microscope.
Earlier, Ambassador McCourt met with senior staff from Burnet’s Centre for International Health including Centre Head, Professor Robert Power and Africa Program Manager, Mary-Ann Nicholas.
“We had discussions around how we can further support the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Zimbabwe program, and the Ambassador suggested some contacts in Australia and Zimbabwe that we can follow up,” Ms Nicholas said.
“For example, the University of Sydney is running an online midwives course and they’ve got a presence in Zimbabwe, and some links to business councils and the Zimbabwean diaspora here.”
One of the Ambassador’s first tasks after her appointment in 2015 was to officially open a Burnet-supported maternity waiting home in Mashonaland Central Province, funded by the Australian NGO Cooperation Program.
“We had to travel five hours to get to the remote rural clinic and she was telling us today what a culture shock it was, but also how rewarding it was to see how the community responded to her official handover,” Ms Nicholas said.
To find out more about Burnet’s work in Zimbabwe, click here.