In Liberia, we spent the vast amount of our week at the JFK Hospital, their national center. The maternity pavilion was very impressive and was built in partnership with Japan. It is very well organized and efficient. The main pavilion had been the home of rebels during the civil war and most of it had been demolished, as they even used it for target practice, killing civilians walking along the beach nearby. They have been working so hard to pull it back together and the hospital leaders, the CEO and CMO, have left their families behind in America, to help the President bring healing to their land. I mean, these are grandmothers and fathers that return home to America every few months to be with their families for visits. What a sacrifice. They give literally every waking minute to this cause.
We spent two days teaching at their inaugural neuroscience conference. We learned that we were the first medical team to conduct a conference in Liberia since their civil war! And the response was amazing, by the students, doctors and nurses.