Please join us in congratulating one of our current star MPH students, Dr. Sarah Rose Pestieau, who has been selected as this year's winner of the Michael A. Maffetone award in recognition of her volunteer efforts with Doctors Without Borders. She received the award on Thursday April 16th at 3:30pm, in the HSC Galleria. Dr. Rueven Pasternak and Dawn Maffetone (widow of the late Michael Maffetone) presented the award. Click here to read Dr. Pasternak's blog about the award.
Dr. Pestieau talks about her experience:
"Working with Doctors Without Borders (MSF/DWB) has been the most gratifying experience by far. It has been a dream come through and an opportunity to give back to the neediest who have no access to any health care were it not for NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) in the most neutral, impartial and independent way I think possible. I don't believe in humanitarian work without those 3 principles. As long as the guns are left outside of the hospital, we treat everyone the same, from operating or offering physical therapy to a wounded fighter to giving plumpy nut to a malnourished child or a measles vaccine to a baby. At the end of the day, everyone is treated as a human being with the basic right to access to health care. "