Tolbert Nyenswah Named Keynote Speaker at UCL Gala in Atlanta

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Tolbert Nyenswah, director-general of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia

Bags award for making a difference in health sector 

Tolbert Nyenswah, director-general of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), has been selected to serve as keynote speaker at this year’s University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) gala scheduled for September 30 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

A release from the NPHIL says Mr. Nyenswah will speak on the theme, “Global Health,” which brings much needed attention to Liberia’s fragile healthcare sector, and the roles education and research play. The UCL will also confer on Mr. Nyenswah an award   for making a difference in Liberia’s healthcare sector as a major community partner.

UCL’s president, Ms. Cynthia L. Blandford, said the decision to make this year’s theme about universal health care in Liberia is in recognition of the country’s past role  as the West African hub for medicine and research. While the focus is on education, it is time to revisit Liberia’s medical sector and help strengthen medical tourism in West Africa, the release indicated.

Nyenswah will be joined by presidents from two leading universities in Liberia who will interact with presidents from several universities in the US focused on global health and education.

The Third Annual United for Liberia Fundraising series of the UCL will also host Dr. Ophelia Weeks, president of the University of Liberia (UL); Dr. Joseph Isaac, president, African Methodist Episcopal University, and also president of the Association of Liberian Universities, Dr. Emmett Dennis, president emeritus, UL; Dr. Cheryl Dozier, president of Savannah State University; and other institutional partners at Morehouse School of Medicine.

The UCL aims to provide opportunities for Liberian students to further their studies in the US and for US students and faculty to visit Liberia on study abroad – service learning and faculty exchanges. The UCL and UL are strong partners helping to bring about brighter futures through education and understanding. Dr. Weeks said the gala will help raise funds in support of these efforts.

Over the years, UCL has sent students and faculty from Tuskegee University, Savannah State University, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Emory University and other US-based institutions to Liberia for academic exchanges. The organization has also hosted students from UL for integrated learning experiences in the US.

UCL will award scholarships to five students studying in the US.

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