Creighton Board Chairman Mike McCarthy mentioned a doctor could make a distinction by treating sufferers in low-income international locations, however he makes a much more important distinction by coaching well being care staff in these international locations. “One individual can affect the lives of hundreds,” McCarthy mentioned.
He mentioned this system will allow the Creighton medical faculty to recruit individuals with a ardour for world well being service.
Creighton medical faculty graduates Sara and Jason Beste exemplify that type of dedication. The couple, married in 2009, spent a number of years working towards medication and dealing with in-country well being care suppliers in Malawi, Mozambique and Liberia, all in Africa. The pair got here to know one another whereas coaching on the previous Creighton College Medical Heart.
“World well being was one among our very, very first conversations,” Sara Beste (pronounced BEST-ee) mentioned.
Jason spent two years in Malawi and Sara one, then they moved on to Mozambique and at last Liberia. They labored with the Boston-based program Companions in Well being and the Well being Alliance Worldwide, which is linked to the College of Washington.
They discovered clinics understaffed, with inadequate provides and house and, at occasions, with out clear working water or electrical energy. “We name them scientific deserts,” Jason Beste mentioned of the areas through which they labored.