Friday, February 27, 2009

MGH Durant fellows

Making a difference around the world

Care in Kenya: Wilson with a patient

As a true humanitarian, Thomas S. Durant, MD, spent his life bringing hope to some of the bleakest parts of the world. In honor of his service and compassion, the MGH Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine helps health care professionals bring their skills to those in critical need around the globe. Fellows offer medical care to victims of war, famine, drought, poverty and natural disasters while upholding Durant's values of joy, passion, spirit and a willingness to serve. This year's 2009-2010 fellows are Kerry Dierberg, MD, of the Department of Medicine; Paritosh Prasad, MD, of Medicine/Pediatrics; Joy Williams, RN, of Radiology; and Chad Wilson, MD, MPH, of the Department of Surgery.

Determined to combine her interest in medicine and desire to work internationally, Dierberg has taken multiple trips to Africa, and most recently worked as a physician and educator at a public hospital in South Africa. In 2006 she worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Northern Uganda as a health coordinator for a large Sudanese refugee settlement and then for the IRC's programs in rural camps. Williams, who currently works as a nurse on Ellison 2, has already been on numerous relief missions with Project HOPE, bringing medical assistance to people in Indonesia, South America and Africa. As a Durant fellow, she plans to continue her work with Project HOPE and develop nursing policies and procedures at JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

At a rural mission hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, Wilson has been abroad caring for the country's underserved since fall 2008. Along with providing care at the 200-bed hospital in Kijabe, Wilson has served at several camps of persons displaced by the politically related violence that occurred in Kenya in 2008.

Access Wilson's blog

Prasad was a part of the Durant Medical Mission to Ca–azas, Panama, in 2007 and helped provide care for more than 100 patients, developing a clinic pharmacy and creating lists and surveys for the Health Care Utilization Needs Assessment. "I have come to recognize the Durant Fellowship as an opportunity to forge tools needed for a life of international service to those caught in humanity's darker moments," said Prasad. "Not only is it an opportunity to provide care to those in need, but it gives a voice to the voiceless."

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