MONROVIA – In a bid to strengthen Liberia’s health system, 8 of approximately 35 students sponsored by the Nyan Scholarship Program (NSP) recently graduated from two leading health care training institutions in Liberia after completing successfully completed three to four years of study in nursing and midwifery. About 12 more students are expected to complete their midwifery/nursing studies at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.
Seven of the NSP sponsored students, namely Sidney Johnson, Rancy Taryon, Gertrude Jah, Caroline Karpeh, Joseph Tweh, Emmanuel Kuoh and Teta Geplay graduated from Deana Kay Isaacson School of Nursing and Midwifery located in Grand Gedeh County, while Diamond Wesseh earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences at United Methodist University located in Ganta, Nimba County.
“We are proud to introduce you to talented young men and women from our beloved country who have completed three years of professional midwifery education.
We say thank you very much for your financial assistance which has enabled our sons and daughters, Dr. [Nyan]. Students remain grateful and those in the system will continue to knock on your doors for more,” wrote Mr. Wilson Jose Tarwille, RN, BSN, Principal of the Deana Kay Isaacson School of Midwifery and Nursing.
Liberia’s fragile health system was utterly destroyed by a 14-year-long civil war and further shattered by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, an epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in the three African countries. western regions of Liberia, Guinea and Seirra Leone. The stream Child mortality rate of Liberia for 2022 is at 48.317 deaths per 1000 live births, while the current life expectancy for the country in 2022 is 64.72 years according to MacroTrends data.
Established since 2002, the Nyan Scholarship Program (NSP) is sponsored by Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan, a Liberian physician and world-renowned inventor and infectious disease specialist. Dr. Nyan is currently in Liberia teaching biology at his Alma mater (Monrovia College) and giving free lectures in microbiology and public health biology at various public and private universities including African Methodist Episcopal University, United Methodist and Harbel College.
The NSP is administered by an Academic Selection Committee with rigorous and competitive criteria for awarding scholarships to successful applicants. For the past 20 years since 2002, the Nyan Scholarship Program (NSP) has provided partial and full scholarships and stipends to academically necessary and talented students for tuition fees, as well as for accommodation and meals. Students are also mentored by Dr. Nyan.
“Congratulations to all the new graduates for the success of their studies in nursing and midwifery; I also applaud the support of their families; now let them go out into the world and help people in need and society as a whole,” Dr Nyan said.
He added that “The Nyan Scholarship Program is a simple experiment which certainly demonstrates that if we plan well in this country [Liberia] and properly implement strategic academic and vocational training programs as Africans, we can use local expertise and educational resources to train others and build our capacities on our own without depending too much on the outside.
In a videoconference over the weekend, students and school principal Deana Kay Isaacson thanked Dr Nyan and her family for their support.
The NSP currently sponsors approximately 26 students in the midwifery and nursing programs at the Deana Kay Isaacson School of Nursing and Midwifery, 1 public administration student at United Methodist University, and 2 master of public health students at the ‘University of Liberia.
The Nyan Scholarship Program was established in 2002 in honor of the legendary warrior, orator and oral historian, Jack Sunday Saah-Nyan, Dr. Nyan’s grandfather. NSP Trustees and Coordinators over the years include Ginette Adelyn Sowu-Nyan, Ben Davies, Annie Young, Grace Jarsoh and Tepenty Young.