Friday, March 22, 2013

MGHers provide outreach in Middle East

Larry Ronan, MD

LARRY RONAN, MD, director of the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine in the MGH Center for Global Health, spent five days in early February working in the Zaatari refugee camp on the Syrian/Jordanian border. The camp, which opened in July 2012, is estimated to be home to more than 100,000 Syrians who have fled from the civil war within their country. Ronan – seen here discussing refugee evacuation with a member of the Jordanian Health Aid Society – has traveled to Jordan several times, but this was his first visit to the Syrian border. While there, he spent time meeting with officials to determine how the MGH could best help in the crisis. Currently, Grace Deveney, RN, MPH, of the Development Office, is at the camp working with the refugee population during a three-week period as part of her Durant fellowship. The fellowship program was created in honor of the late Thomas S. Durant, MD, the former MGH associate general director, who was known as a compassionate humanitarian dedicated to providing outreach and care to victims of war and disasters.

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