Catherine Custalow MD PhD via Crowdrise
February 15, 2011
BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF LIBERIA INC
I grew up in Liberia, West Africa, on the campus of Cuttington College where my dad was an English Professor. When I was ten we took a trip to the Sahara Desert, Mali, and Ivory Coast, and on that trip I contracted meningitis during a deadly epidemic of Meningococcal Meningitis in West Africa. A Lutheran physician, Dr. Stull saved my life, hospitalized me at Phebe Hospital and brought me back from a nearly vegetative state. Now I am an ER doctor (MD/PhD) with a PhD in Anatomy and I write and edit textbooks on Emergency Department Procedures. I believe that good books and education are among the best gifts we can give to the generations that will follow us.
As Liberia recovers from 14 years of civil war, there are only 122 doctors to treat the 3.5 million people in Liberia. This shortage mirrors the larger challenges facing this West African country, Africa's oldest republic, which was founded by the freed American slaves. As it emerges from successive bouts of civil war, Liberia faces a dearth of everything from electricity, clean water, basic sanitation, and medical care to roads and bridges for basic transportation. The country is slowly recovering, thanks to many charities and to people like my grade school classmate, Walker Richards, of Richards Engineering who are slowly rebuilding Liberia to make her a great nation once again. We celebrate that, in the 2005 presidential election, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected Africa's first woman president.
Please join me in supporting the charities of Friends of Liberia and Mercy Ships International.
Friends of Liberia is a non-profit organization that seeks to positively affect Liberia by supporting education, social, economic and humanitarian programs.
The Africa Mercy is the world's largest hospital ship. In addition to donations, the organization is looking for volunteers to serve on board the ship.
Thanks for your support.
Catherine B. Custalow MD PhD