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Adventists contribute to UZ medical library growth

15 Jun 2012

reprinted from Religion in Zimbabwe

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency recently donated medical textbooks and journals to the University of Zimbabwe library. ADRA director for programme implementation, Rodolfo Monsalve, said the network had worked with government departments including the UZ.

“We have chosen to put our focus on the medical faculty because we are in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare… We have been working much in nutrition and sanitation,” he said.

ADRA finance administration director, Dibden Chileya, said the books are worth USD 20,000.

University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor for business development, Dr Takaruza Munyanyirwa, said, “Medical books and journals are very expensive and most of them are not available locally… This donation comes at an opportune moment. The books will provide our students with the relevant and quality learning resources, which will help the cause of the university library to provide access to quality scholarly information resources required to meet the learning, teaching, research and also serving the needs of the university.”

We’d like to remind our readers that there is an Adventist-run tertiary-level Solusi University in Bulawayo. By contributing to the UZ library in Harare, the Adventists show their universal approach to education.

Earlier this year, Zimbabwean schools for nurses received an installment of medical books from Zimbabwe reads, an initiative to promote the culture of reading in Zimbabwe.