Current Project

Sovie Junior Secondary School

Sovie, Ghana

Our first project was completed in January 2007. We built an experimental junior secondary school at Sovie, a small village in the Volta Region of Ghana in West Africa.


Progress at the Togbe Agodoa Kitti Memorial Junior Secondary School in Sovie has been remarkable for the school's first year.

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APEEDEC Board of Advisors

Keith C. Norris, MD, FACP

Keith C. Norris, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Research and Health Affairs at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Norris attended Cornell University, Ithaca, New York from 1973 to 1976. After receiving his medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, DC in 1980, Dr. Norris completed an internship and a residency at Howard University Hospital, also in Washington, DC, where he served as chief resident in the Department of Internal Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. Currently, he is a postdoctoral candidate in metaphysics, spirituality, and holistic health.

Dr. Norris was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society in 1980 and inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (Science) in 2003.

Dr. Norris’s research interest focuses on the prevention and early treatment of chronic kidney disease, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for African American and Latino populations. Other areas include the role of vitamin D in chronic kidney disease, calcium management in end-stage renal disease, and hypertension. He is currently a principal investigator on 4 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and co-investigator on several others. Dr. Norris is a former member of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative Advisory Committee. Dr. Norris has co-authored more than 100 papers, including journal articles, reviews, and textbook chapters, and over 100 abstracts. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Ethnicity & Disease.

Presently, he serves on the Sub-Committees for Africa and Kidney Health In Disadvantaged Populations (CKHDP) under the Committee for the Global Advancement of Nephrology of the International Society for Nephrology. CKHDP promotes innovate strategies to improve the health of disadvantaged communities that suffer disproportionately from chronic kidney disease and its complications, with an emphasis on indigenous populations. He has helped organize four international symposia to develop initiatives in these areas.