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‘Doctors Without Borders’ Director To Speak At SUNY Cortland

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A director of the board of directors for Doctors Without Borders USA will be at Cortland State tomorrow (March 26), giving two talks about the importance of helping people in crisis around the world.

Patricia Carrick spent decades as a family nurse practitioner working with under-served populations in Southwestern Montana.

In recent years, she’s taken that spirit around the globe, assisting in Ebola hot zones, HIV/AIDS-ravaged communities and conflict-torn countries on the verge of famine.

Carrick will speak at noon tomorrow in Van Hoesen Hall, Room B103, and again at 6 p.m. in the Moffett Center, Room 2125.

Both events are are part of SUNY Cortland’s celebration of Women’s History Month. They are free and open to the public.

From SUNY Cortland release:

Carrick has served with Doctors Without Borders since 2007, completing overseas missions in Malawi, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.

She served as medical team leader at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone in 2015. This outbreak of the highly-infectious disease killed more than 11,000 people between 2014 and 2016 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

She previously traveled to Malawi for HIV-related work in 2007 and went to South Sudan in 2010 and 2012 for malnutrition work.

Doctors Without Borders is a medical humanitarian aid organization that responds to millions of patients around the world every year. The organization was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for its efforts to bring care to people in need regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

Carrick spent 30 years working in acute care hospital nursing and home-based hospice services as well as in community health centers that provided care to under-served populations in her home state of Montana.

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