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Global Health Forum on Humanitarian Efforts of West Africa Fistula Foundation to be Held at LIU's Brooklyn Campus, 4/13

Global Students Ambassadors from LIU will Showcase Their Projects in Sierra Leone


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – A Global Health Forum featuring the humanitarian efforts of the West Africa Fistula Foundation (WAFF) will take place on Wednesday, April 13, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., in the Health Sciences Building, room 107, at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus.

The Campus’ School of Business, Public Administration and Information Sciences, School of Nursing and its Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are hosting the event, which is free to the public.

A highlight of the forum will be a presentation on “Restoring Health and Dignity in Sierra Leone,” by Dr. Darius Maggi, the founder of WAFF. In 2000, Dr. Maggi traveled to Ghana in search of a way to assist women of underdeveloped countries with obstetric fistula, a complication of obstructed labor virtually unseen in the western world. In November 2002, Dr. Maggi traveled to Sierra Leone and upon meeting and serving the people of this impoverished country, he was inspired to dedicate his life to performing as many fistula surgeries as possible.

The mission of the West Africa Fistula Foundation (WAFF) is to improve the lives of women in West Africa by providing surgical remedies to women suffering from fistula conditions, assisting fistula patients to reintegrate into their communities and society, educating women to decrease the number of new fistulas in the region, and teaching family planning and vocational skills.

“The Global Health Forum plays a central role in helping our students and campus community develop global understanding of the challenges and opportunities in underdeveloped countries,” explained Business Dean Mohammed Ghriga. “It provides students and the general public with roadmaps to be globally engaged in building sustainable solutions to poverty and health challenges in Sierra Leone and surrounding countries.”

With the increased humanitarian efforts of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, Global Students Ambassadors from the School of Business, the School of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy will showcase their Global Social Entrepreneurship service learning projects at this event. These bring innovation and transformative change through the development and implementation of sustainable solutions in the health sector in Sierra Leone.

The students’ showcase and the presentation will be followed by a reception. To register, please contact Joan Pierre at (718) 488-1121 or This event is supported by a grant from the John P. McGrath Fund of Long Island University.

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dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 04/07/2011

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