St. Albert’s Mission Hospital Travels to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy

On Nov. 4th and 5th 2009, Darrell Ward gave two presentations about St. Albert’s Mission Hospital to students at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Mo.

The talk and slide presentation, “Zimbabwe in Crisis: St. Albert’s Mission Hospital copes with a collapsed national economy and healthcare system,” was sponsored by the college’s International Student Organization and was part of the college’s convocation lecture series. The talk was presented at the invitation of Carol Oliver, PhD, associate professor of English.

The second talk, about Zimbabwe’s economic crisis and its effects on the hospital, was presented to a class of economics students at the invitation of Kenneth Schafermeyer, PhD, professor and director of the Division of Liberal Arts and Administrative Sciences.

These talks illustrate how the problems of Zimbabwe affect one rural mission hospital, its doctors, and the 120,000 people who live in its health district. My goals are to raise awareness of the problems facing St. Albert’s Mission Hospital, to encourage material and moral support for its doctors and staff, and to promote helping the underserved as a way to make a difference, have an adventure, and meet interesting people.

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