Procter & Gamble Supports Yale University Collaboration For Public Health Training Throughout China

o environmental pollution from thousands of new factories in China and the import of billions of tons of industrial waste, such as used cars and machine parts, which generate contaminants such as PCBs and asbestos.

Yale first collaborated with Union School in 1996 when the Rockefeller Foundation asked Yale faculty to help develop a new curriculum in public health law for China. The curriculum covered a comparative approach to public health law, thereby shedding light on China's own laws. Under the Procter & Gamble-funded project, Yale faculty will return to Beijing to refine the public health law curriculum and help to disseminate it to faculties at approximately 30 other public health schools in China.

In addition to curriculum development in other academic areas, the new grant also will fully fund summer internships in China for Yale students in public health, said Merson, who previously headed global programs for the World Health Organization on diarrheal diseases, acute respiratory infections and AIDS. The proposed internship topics for the first year are a study on smoking and mortality in China; an AIDS prevention project; a survey on tetanus in newborn babies in Qinghai Province; a study of nutrition and cardiovascular disease; and a study measuring the burden of disease on families and communities.

"P&G cares about the communities where it does business", said Dimitri Panayotopoulos, president, P&G China. "Procter & Gamble has been actively supporting the important causes in China that improve the quality of life here. P&G has provided more than $5 million for education, health care, environment protection, disaster-relief and social welfare projects. These projects include partnership with the Ministry of Health on oral health education for children in rural areas, and working

Contact: Cynthia Atwood
Yale University

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