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Culture, politics and malaria: Health worker speaks about Mali

March 8, 2013

Saba Rouhani, a public health consultant at the London School of Tropical Medicine, will share her cultural and political reflections as a health worker in Mali in a Loyola University New Orleans lecture March 12 at 7 p.m. The talk is set for the Whitney Bank Presentation Room located in Thomas Hall on Loyola’s main campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Rouhani lived and worked in Mali for two years, conducting research for non-governmental relief organization Save the Children on the impact of malaria among school children. Her job gave her the opportunity to travel extensively and to become acquainted with the rich culture and vibrant music and art scenes in Mali today.

She was especially impressed by the warmth and welcoming temperament of people from all walks of life and their ability to creatively and peacefully overcome the daunting challenges that they face. Rouhani’s stay in Mali coincided with the beginning of the upheaval that led to the French military invasion in January 2013.

The Department of History and the Middle East Peace Studies, African and African-American Studies, and the Diversity Committee at Loyola University New Orleans are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Behrooz Moazami, Ph.D., at 504-865-2162.

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