LIBERIA: Dr. Fallah To Provide Expert Knowledge On Infectious Diseases Control At Global Symposium

RPI Boss Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Refuge Place International (RPI), Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah, will on tomorrow,  Wednesday,  March 24, 2021 serve as an expert panelist at The Fletcher School, Tuft University at the Global Symposium on the control of infectious diseases.

The Global Symposium will be held under the theme: “Controlling Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Conflict, Security and Global Health Diplomacy.”

At the symposium, the former Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), revealed that he will provide expert knowledge on key specific areas under the sub-theme: “Insecurity and Fragility.”

In a chat with this paper,  the Liberian public health expert disclosed that his cover two critical areas, which include: overcoming lack of trust in government among local populations, and the implications of “securitizing health”, such using security forces in the responding to non-state armed actors.

Dr. Fallah’s presentation at The Fletcher University symposium is triggered by an invitation extended him by the University.

In a communication to former NPHIL boss, the Fletcher University indicated that symposium is divided into five sessions, with Sessions II, III and IV, intended to start the discussion with brief presentations by a panel of three experts.

“We would be grateful if you would serve as one of the panelists for Session II on March 24, offering introductory remarks of no more than five minutes. Given your experience in Liberia, your insight into sub-bullet points 2 and 3 for Session II on the agenda would be especially useful (lack of trust in the government and the implications of “securitizing health”). However, you should feel free to comment on any issues you believe are pertinent,” read the communication.

With an inaugural student population of just 21 in 1933, The Fletcher School became first graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States. Nearly a century later, it remains a globally respected trailblazer.

Liberia’s former Finance Minister Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, who is also a former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and former Country Director of the World Bank for Benin, Niger, and Togo, is also a luminous graduate, The Fletcher School.

The School was born when Dr. Austin Barclay Fletcher, a member of Tufts’ Class of 1876, donated US$1M towards establishing a school of law and diplomacy at what was then Tufts College.

A corporate lawyer in New York City for most of his career, Dr. Fletcher was a dedicated alumnus of both Tufts College and Boston University Law School, serving as a trustee of both, and as president of the Tufts board from 1913 until his death in 1923.

Dr. Fletcher’s support is indicative of his lifelong devotion to Tufts, and his deep desire to create a new kind of school – one built “to prepare men for the diplomatic service, and to teach such matters as come within the scope of foreign relations, [which] embraces…a thorough knowledge of the principles of international law upon which diplomacy is founded.”

Fletcher’s vision was realized nearly a decade after his death, in 1933, when Fletcher welcomed its inaugural class. Distinguished by its valuable library, renowned faculty, and aspiration to serve both the United States and nations around the world, the School immediately became an innovator — a reputation it maintains to this day.

Fletcher enrolls an average of 550 students each year, from the United States and more than 40 countries around the world. Fletcher alumni live and work in more than 130 countries, and are engaged in careers within national governments, international organizations, business, banking, journalism, education, international research, and countless other private and public pursuits.

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