MSF IN ACTION: Tackling the Humanitarian Challenges of 2019

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Please join MSF-USA's board president and executive director for a reflective discussion on MSF's work in 2019, and what lies ahead.

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MSF IN ACTION: Tackling the Humanitarian Challenges of 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a special audience-led conversation with Avril Benoît, MSF-USA executive director; Dr. Africa Stewart, MSF-USA board president and ob-gyn; and moderator Brigg Reilley, MSF-USA board member and epidemiologist.

Have you wondered about the decisions behind the medical humanitarian activities of MSF over the past year? This is your chance to find out. Questions for our panelists can be submitted ahead of time while registering. We also encourage you to submit additional questions via the online chat during the discussion.

At the time of the webcast, click here to join.

Or to call in, dial 929-436-2866

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843 823 035

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Dr. Africa Stewart, MSF-USA board president and ob-gyn, graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 with a BA in psychology and mathematical science. She then attended Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia. In 1999 she completed an MBA with a concentration in strategic planning from the University of Pittsburghʼs Katz School of Business. She then returned to Philadelphia to finish her medical training at Drexel. In 2000, Africa received her MD and started her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Hahnemann University Hospital. Her career with MSF began in Sudan in June 2011. Africa has completed five surgical field assignments with MSF and served as a guide for the organizationʼs Forced From Home exhibition about the global refugee crisis. She was elected to the board of directors in 2017. She continues to support women's health care locally and abroad with an emphasis on education and prevention.

Avril Benoît, executive director of MSF-USA, has worked with the international medical humanitarian organization since 2006 in various operational management and executive leadership roles, most recently as the director of communications and development at MSF’s operational center in Geneva, a position she held from November 2015 until June 2019. Throughout her career with MSF, Avril has contributed to major movement-wide initiatives, including the global mobilization to end attacks on hospitals and health workers. She has worked as a country director and project coordinator for MSF, leading operations to provide aid to refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Mauritania, South Sudan, and South Africa. Avril’s strategic analysis and communications assignments have taken her to countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Haiti, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, and Syria. From 2006 to 2012, Avril served as director of communications with MSF Canada.

Prior to joining MSF, Avril had a distinguished 20-year career as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster in Canada. She was a documentary producer and radio host with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), reporting from Kenya, Burundi, India, and Brazil on HIV stigma, rapid urbanization, sexual violence in conflict, and political inclusion of women, among numerous other assignments and topics.

Brigg Reilley, MSF-USA board member, works with a tribal health board that provides support for the US Indian Health Service national HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) program. He has been working in American Indian/Alaska Native health since 2006. Prior to Indian Health Service, he worked for MSF for ten years in several emergency and non-emergency project settings, and served on the MSF Board of Directors from 2008-2011. He obtained a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University in 1996 and a BA in Philosophy from the College of William & Mary in 1990.

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