The authors describe specific MESAB programmes, including (i) the Scholarship Programme for funding the training of black SA healthcare professionals such as doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses etc; (ii) the Mentor Programme to support first-year university and technikon students in the MESAB programme; (iii) the Kovler Fellowship Programme - a USA/ SA healthcare staff exchange programme; (iv) the Perinatal Education Programme for nurse- midwives serving rural areas; and (v) the Palliative Care Initiative in relation to HIV/AIDS.
When MESAB closed down after 22 years in 2007, it had assisted in the funding of the training of 10 000 healthcare providers.
Those who already know about MESAB will learn a lot more about it - I did.
MESAB's annual gala fund-raising dinner, held at New York's Pierre Hotel on April 1, 2003, also honored the recipients of the 2003 MESAB Awards for Service given each year to an American and a South African industry leader for their commitment to improving healthcare in South Africa.
Our support of MESAB and its efforts in South Africa highlights Henry Schein's commitment to provide healthcare professionals in developing countries with the resources and tools needed to make medical services more accessible to all people," said Stanley Bergman, Chairman, CEO and President, Henry Schein, Inc.
In 2002, MESAB supported more than 700 students at 27 South African universities and technical colleges, as well as enabled the advanced training of more than 300 nurse-midwives.
companies, such as Henry Schein and 3M, again this year," said Jim Scott, President, MESAB.