Pray the Devil Back to Hell was screened at UMMS on Monday, May 14, to offer insight into the milieu of President Sirleaf, who will be the keynote speaker at UMass Worcester’s 2012 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 3.
“We thought it would be fitting to invite a woman under whose leadership tremendous strides are being made,” said Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, associate provost for global health and professor of pediatrics, about the choice of Sirleaf as Commencement speaker. Dr. Luzuriaga, along with other UMMS faculty, met Sirleaf during a series of trips in which UMMS resources are being put to bear on rebuilding the virtually decimated infrastructure of Liberia’s health system. “We are able to do our work in Liberia because of President Sirleaf’s focus on health care.”
Expressing her gratitude for the support exemplified by such collaborations, Sirleaf wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post, “Thanks to our partnership with the American people, we are rebuilding roads, clinics, and schools, and expanding access to electricity, water, and sanitation . . . Americans can rest assured that the generous aid they have provided to my country and others is paying off in saved lives, increased productivity and political stability.”
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