Sharon King has traveled twice to Kenya this year for activities related to the gerontology partnership between Georgia State and Kenyatta University. The two institutions are collaborating on a proposal to the U.S. Agency for International Development for an intervention project for grandparents raising grandchildren orphaned by AIDS in rural western Kenya. Also, Sharon kicked off the initiation of Kenyatta University's new gerontology diploma with a 3-day training for Kenyatta University faculty who will be teaching the new courses on aging.
Also, Sharon, Frank Whittington, Dr. Mugo Gachuhi of Kenyatta University, Dr. Maria Cattell of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and Dr. Giilian Ice of Ohio University have collaborated on an article titled "Gerontology Education and Research in Kenya: Establishing a U.S.-African Partnership in Aging." The article has been submitted to a special issue of Gerontology and Geriatric Education.
Finally, the Institute is developing a proposal for submission to the National Institute on Aging to host a national conference on Aging Research in Africa at Georgia State next June. Guest gerontologists from Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya and U.S. gerontologists conducting aging research in Africa are among the invited speakers.