This is a companion story to “A Lasting Solution for Healthcare in Mozambique,” our main story about the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane-UCSD Medical Education Partnership Initiative program.
Like the state universities in California, Mozambique’s public universities manage their research funding through an auxiliary foundation. For several years, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) Foundation financial analyst Carolina Chiau has managed private donor monies that have supported UEM-UCSD education and research projects.
Ms. Chiau will administer UEM’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funds, which come from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well.
In August, UCSD Senior Pre-Award Grant Analyst Rachel A. Cook traveled to Mozambique to meet with Ms. Chiau. Ms. Chiau then came to the U.S. to spend a week with UCSD’s fund managers and grant analysts, who gave her a crash course in managing NIH funds.
UCSD’s grant specialists will remain available to answer any questions as the project unfolds. As in the other aspects of the UEM-UCSD MEPI program, UCSD’s faculty and staff members are serving as mentors for the staff members, medical trainees, and junior faculty at UEM.
Photo, above right: Department of Medicine database/fund manager Evelyn Olaes, left, and UEM Foundation financial analyst Carolina Chiau.
Photo below: UCSD financial managers and staff with Carolina Chiau. From left: Evelyn Olaes (Database/Fund Manager, Department of Medicine), Rachel Cook (Senior Pre-Award Grant Analyst, Health Sciences Sponsored Project Pre-Award Office [HSSPPO]), Clint Neilson (Chief Operating Officer, Department of Medicine), Andrea Rollins (Director, HSSPPO), Fernando Mares (standing; Fund Manager, Department of Medicine), Maureen O’Connor (Administrative Vice Chair, Department of Medicine), Dorothea Aguilar (Fund Manager, Owen Clinic), Debby Leedy (Human Resources Manager, Department of Medicine), and Carolina Chiau.