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Dan Kelly

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Global Action Foundation

Countries

Sierra Leone

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Mohamed Bailor Barrie

Affiliated Organizations

Global Action Foundation; National Organization for Wellbody - NOW

Countries

Sierra Leone

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Lauranne Harris

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United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries

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Sierra Leone

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Peter James

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Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone

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Mohamed Bailor Barrie

My name is Mohamed Bailor Barrie, and I was born on the May 21st 1979, in Kamakwie a village 54 miles north of Makeni, Sierra Leone. I am the son of a village tailor who made less than one dollar a day, and grew up in severe poverty. I remember playing doctor as a child; inspired by my neighbor, a nurse, I dreamed from an early age of becoming a doctor. Without the money for medical school, the only way for me to achieve this goal was to win a full tuition scholarship that was awarded annually to the country’s top two students in the national secondary school examination. When I finished high school, I learned that I had in fact won the second highest score in these exams—granting me a full scholarship to attend medical school in Freetown during the war.
But the challenges didn’t end there. Without the money to afford housing, I lived with afriend through medical school—and I had to walk a total of 14 miles to and from class each day. Unable to afford medical textbooks; I hand-copied my classmates’ books by candlelight. During the war I lost my father to a preventable disease and my mother was kidnapped by rebel forces, presumed dead for years. When violence came to Freetown, I was forced to escape by dugout canoe under the cover of darkness to a refugee camp in neighboring Guinea.
While all of my medical school colleagues fled abroad to better lives and better opportunities, I stayed to serve my country and people. As the co- founder and Executive Director of Wellbody Alliance, I’ve sacrificed much for my commitment to social justice and wellbeing in what the UN has called “the least livable country in the world.” But in a context of extremely limited health and social services, I feel proud, fulfilled and honored to work each day to overcome the seemingly insurmountable challenges of bringing essential healthcare to Sierra Leone’s poorest people.


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Wellbody Alliance

Countries

Sierra Leone

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Jerry Staples

Affiliated Organizations

Greatest Goal Ministries - (GGM)

Countries

Sierra Leone

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Robert Cannon

Infectious Diseases Physician, Medical Epidemiologist

Affiliated Organizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC; Médecins Sans Frontières; TB/HIV Care Assocation ; USAID

Countries

Sierra Leone; South Africa; Uganda; United States

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Yusupha Dibba

Affiliated Organizations

Partners In Health

Countries

Sierra Leone

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Hooi-Ling Harrison

Affiliated Organizations

King's Sierra Leone Partnership

Countries

Sierra Leone

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Kathryn Barron

Affiliated Organizations

Partners In Health

Countries

Sierra Leone

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EDITH MUTURI

Affiliated Organizations

International Rescue Committee - IRC

Countries

Kenya; Sierra Leone; South Sudan

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Stephanie Bertsch-Merbach

Affiliated Organizations

AmeriCares

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Antigua and Barbuda; Bangladesh; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational State of; Burkina Faso; Cambodia; Cameroon ; Chile; Colombia; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Grenada; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Israel; Jamaica; Jordan; Kenya; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Marshall Islands; Mexico; Moldova, Republic of; Mongolia; Mozambique; Myanmar; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sierra Leone; Sri Lanka; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Uganda; United States; Viet Nam; West Bank and Gaza; Zambia; Zimbabwe

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Patrick Howlett

Affiliated Organizations

King's Sierra Leone Partnership

Countries

Sierra Leone

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