Volunteer Doctor from East Timor to speak in Portland
Portland State University
School of Education
Corner SW Montgomery and Broadway
3rd floor Foyer
When: 7:00 PM, Monday, January 13, 2003
Dr. Dan Murphy, a physician from Iowa who has volunteered in East Timor for the last four years, will speak in Portland on Monday, January 13th. Dr. Murphy went to East Timor in late 1998, while Indonesia still occupied the country, and began treating patients in the capital city, Dili. He remained through the violence leading up to the 1999 UN-supervised referendum on independence. During part of 1999, Dr. Murphy was virtually the only doctor East Timorese trusted for their care. Because of interviews by international journalists, he was expelled by the Indonesian military shortly before the August vote.
When international peacekeepers entered the country in October 1999, Dr. Murphy returned to the devastated country, opened a clinic in Dili (scrounging medicines and inspiring East Timorese to help) and began treating patients there. He remains as head of Bairo Pite Clinic. Bairo Pite Clinic operates with donated medicines and supplies, and with a staff of East Timorese nurses, midwives and student doctors.
Dr. Murphy will discuss his experience in the newest democracy in the world, and describe the history of Bairo Pite Clinic during the period of UNTAET ("United Nations Transitional Authority" - the interim government) and now the newly-elected government of East Timor. He has treated many thousands of patients with diseases typical of poor, tropical countries (TB, malaria, malnutrition, and so on), has supervised many hundreds of births at the clinic and in the countryside, and sadly diagnosed the first incidences of HIV. His is a unique medical and social perspective.
Donations for the clinic will be accepted during the meeting.
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