Dr. Peter Drobac to speak on healthcare efforts in Rwanda

A graduate from the Medical College of Wisconsin will discuss the work of bringing healthcare to those in the most need

Date Posted: October 8, 2008

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Peter Drobac of Partners in Health will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall of the Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. His talk is entitled, "Beyond Mountains, Still More Mountains: From Haiti to Rwanda." The event is free and open to the public.

Peter Drobac, M.D., is an internist, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin before completing specialty training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass General Hospital. Currently, his time is divided between Boston, where he teaches social medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as a faculty advisor to the Harvard Global Health Delivery Project; and Rwanda, where he works with Partners In Health (PIH), a social justice organization that works to improve health in some of the world’s poorest settings, to implement an ambitious government initiative to strengthen rural health systems.

Drobac is a colleague of Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of PIH and subject of the book Mountains Beyond Mountains. His talk will be an extension of the work Farmer has done since the writing of the book, leading efforts into four African countries, most recently work in Rwanda. PIH is working closely with the government to rebuild the health system following a devastating war and genocide. Come hear how PIH is applying the lessons of Haiti in Rwanda, using HIV care as a "battle horse" to reduce poverty.

For more information call (414) 443-8800.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is a Christian liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.