Global Health Lecture featuring Mohamed Bailor Barrie, M.B.CH.B., Wellbody Alliance
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: ACB 110
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on issues impacting global health. Invited guest speakers will share their personal stories and experiences. Everyone is invited to attend. Free lunch will be provided to the first 40 attendees (Lubbock campus only!)
WELLBODY ALLIANCE, SIERRA LEONE
- Mohamed Bailor Barrie, M.B.CH.B., Executive Director, Wellbody Alliance - Sierra Leone
- Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
- Time: 12:00 noon CT
- Location: ACB 110
Dr. Mohamed Bailor Barrie is the only pediatrician and one of only five physicians serving the 450,000 people of Kono District, the epicenter of Sierra Leone’s recent conflict and the most underserved region of the country. The son of a village tailor, Dr. Bailor Barrie grew up in unimaginable poverty and hunger. Inspired by his neighbor, a hardworking and dedicated nurse, he defied all odds to achieve the second highest score in the country on his high school completion examination—granting him a full scholarship to attend medical school in Freetown during the war. Each day he walked 14 miles to and from class. Unable to afford medical textbooks, he hand-copied his classmates’ books by candlelight. During the war he lost his father to a preventable disease and his mother was kidnapped by rebel forces, presumed dead for years. When violence came to Freetown, Bailor was forced to escape by dugout canoe under the cover of darkness to a refugee camp in neighboring Guinea.
While almost all of Bailor’s medical school colleagues fled abroad to better lives and better opportunities, he was the only graduate who chose to serve his country and people. As the co-founder and Executive Director of Wellbody Alliance, Dr. Bailor Barrie has sacrificed everything for his commitment to social justice and wellbeing in what the UN has called “the least livable country in the world.” In a context of extremely limited health and social services and with the scarcest of resources, Dr.Bailor Barrie dedicates each day to the seemingly insurmountable challenge of bringing essential healthcare to Sierra Leone’s poorest people.
Free lunch will be provided to the first 40 attendees!
This presentation will not be linked to the additional TTUHSC campuses; however, it will be recorded for future viewing on the OIA website.
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