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Nursing Professor Susan Norwood Gets Fulbright to Help in Benin, W. Africa

Gonzaga University nursing Professor Susan Norwood

SPOKANE, Washington – Susan Norwood, nursing professor at Gonzaga University, has received a Fulbright Specialist appointment to travel to Benin, West Africa, to provide education and training in the area of injury control and prevention health services.

Specifically, Professor Norwood will help the Songhai Centre set up a new medical clinic and teach clinic staff about basic first aid. The Songhai Centre is a community sustainment program that promotes socioeconomic and agricultural improvements in several African nations. In addition, Norwood will work with the clinic’s nurse to manage projects and develop plans to set up additional medical clinics in satellite Songhai locations around Benin.

Norwood has been the director of Gonzaga’s study abroad experience in Benin since it began in 2007. She has traveled to Benin every summer since 2007. In addition, she was part of Gonzaga’s Zambezi, Zambia study abroad experience in 2013 and 2014. She travels to Benin at the end of October and will work with the Songhai Centre for two and a one-half weeks.

“I am excited about this opportunity. The Songhai Centre has been recognized by the United Nations as a Center of Excellence in Sustainable Development, and its model is being adopted throughout Africa,” Norwood said. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to support their mission, and to work side-by-side with people I have come to know during my visits to Benin.”

For more information, please contact Professor Norwood at (509) 313-6646 or via email at


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