Our Fellows are compelled to follow Dr. Schweitzer’s call to service: “[T]o show compassion and the will to help others.” They can be found at the forefront of work to improve the health of vulnerable people in communities in the US and across the world. This year, they are even on the frontlines in West Africa, helping to fight the devastating outbreak of Ebola that has claimed thousands of lives.
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Dr. Nahid Bhadelia describes the Ebola outbreak as the “public health and human rights challenge for my generation of physicians and public health leaders.”
Dr. Bhadelia is now the director of infection control at Boston’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory and a hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center. She says her work fighting Ebola fulfills her desire to “give back”―a desire she honed during her time serving as a Boston Schweitzer Fellow in 2001-2002 where she worked in a free clinic.
The Schweitzer Fellowship is proud that Dr. Bhadelia is one of three Fellow alumni who have traveled to Africa to fight Ebola.
In the same year that Dr. Bhadelia served as a Fellow in Boston, Dr. William Fischer was also a Fellow in North Carolina, working on a peer sexual health education project. The next year, he served at the Schweitzer Hospital in Africa. Now, in 2014, as a critical care physician, he has joined the fight against Ebola in Guinea as part of Doctors without Borders.
Dr. Meredith Dixon followed a similar trajectory: she served as a Pittsburgh Fellow in 2006-2007 at a juvenile detention center, and in 2008, volunteered at the same Schweitzer Hospital. Now, she is a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, who has been deployed to Guinea three times this year to address the epidemic.
Drs. Bhadelia, Fischer, and Dixon are not alone in their quest to ensure the best health outcomes possible for people in need. As you know, one of the special characteristics of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is its life-changing impact on Fellows who are driven by compassion, and supported with the tools needed to be effective leaders.
Through year-long mentored Fellowships, our Fellows are addressing a range of health topics affecting people of all ages, genders, and racial/ethnic backgrounds; in the process, they are contributing directly to improving the health of tens of thousands of vulnerable people and their families every year. As a result, we are creating a corps of leaders in service who are in the forefront of the most pressing health needs, whether it be Ebola in Africa; hepatitis B in Boston, Massachusetts; or rural health in Fletcher, North Carolina.
This work would not be possible without the contributions of people like you. Please make a contribution today to The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support this work!
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