Hello Family and Friends,
As most of you know, I have spent a considerable part of my professional life in sub-Saharan Africa. My experiences in sub-Saharan Africa have been rich and varied. Momentous occasions include having lunch with the then Zairean despot President Mobutu, guiding the First Lady of France on a tour of HIV/AIDS facilities in Zaire, spending a night locked up in a Zairean prison, engine malfunction in a Russian aircraft overflying the Congo River Basin and enabling several young Congolese physicians to pursue advanced training in Europe and the United States and then return to Africa. Many of the professional activities that I have been able to pursue have been enabled by my time in Africa.
The following links provide descriptions of two of the more important activities in which I have been involved:
2. Projet SIDA in the Democratic Republic of Congo (eg. Zaire)
During the past few months, I have thought about ways that I could “pay back”. I have looked at positions in national and international organizations. None of these seemed right for me. I have decided to volunteer my services as an epidemiologist and as a clinician to an organization I have long held in high esteem, the Catholic Medical Missionary Board (CMMB). CMMB has a rich tradition of providing medical services to women and children in frontline countries where the lack of such services often means premature death. I will initially serve in Africa’s newest country, South Sudan, where I will be posted to a hospital in the southwest of the country where violence has been at a minimum.
My long-standing experience in public health and clinical medicine will serve me well in this initial posting that will begin before the end of 2016. With the capable assistance of CMMB I will be posting a weekly blog to let all of you know what is happening in Africa’s newest and probably most challenged country, South Sudan.
CMMB works hard to recruit and send qualified and caring volunteers where they are needed most. In an effort to help offset some of the costs involved with placing me in South Sudan, I have set up this fundraising campaign I am aiming to raise at least $5,000. If you are able to give you can either click on the word DONATE to your right or alternatively, send a check to CMMB:
100 Wall Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY
* If you send a check, please indicate in the MEMO section that your generous gift is for Robin Ryder's volunteer experience in South Sudan.
All donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a tax-exemption letter from CMMB.
CMMB is an NGO focused exclusively on global health care for the world’s poorest populations. We believe in a world in which every human life is valued, and health and human dignity are shared by all. Every year, we are so lucky to have generous, courageous people step forward and volunteer their time and expertise in areas of the world where it is most needed. They leave behind loved ones and employment to support our mission to help vulnerable women, children and families survive.
To learn about CMMB's volunteer program, visit our website: http://www.cmmb.org/