Tiyatien Health Co-Founder, Executive Director to Speak at KWU

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Salina, Kan. – Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tiyatien Health, will speak on the Kansas Wesleyan campus on Wednesday, October 10. Panjabi, a native of Liberia, has been instrumental in delivering accessible health care to the people of rural Liberia through the Tiyatien Health project. Tiyatien Health employs people from Liberian villages as well-trained health workers to provide care in remote areas lacking doctors. A clinic was established in the town of Zwedru, in the remote southeastern interior jungle. It is one of the poorest and most inaccessible regions of one of the poorest countries on earth.

During the time he was helping establish this important project, Panjabi managed to complete his residency at Harvard Medical School. After escaping civil war in his country, his family fled to North Carolina in 1990. He eventually trained in medicine and public health at the University of North Carolina , Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School , where he is now an instructor in medicine and associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Panjabi has been lauded as a “hero of global health” by Scientific American Lives, received the Outstanding Recent Graduate award from Johns Hopkins University and is a 2011 Echoing Green, Pop Tech and Mulago Foundation Fellow. He has also been recognized by former President Bill Clinton and was recently featured on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Panjabi will speak Wednesday, October 10 at 1:10pm in Sams Chapel, at 3pm in Peters Science Hall room 201, and finally at 7pm in Sams Chapel for a presentation entitled “Going the Last Mile: Delivering Access to Health Care in Rural Liberia”. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Over the past three years, KWU students have raised over $25,000 for the Liberian Project.