WHO representative shares refugee crisis perspective with students

IMG_0247Dr. Michel Thieren, World Health Organization (WHO) representative and a St. John’s parent, presented to the Middle School students today to discuss the refugee crisis. He addressed the refugee situation in terms of current events and related it to the work the WHO is doing, putting it into perspective at a level of understanding for Middle School students.

Dr. Thieren graduated as Doctor of Medicine in 1988, obtained his Diploma in Tropical Medicine in 1989 and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 1997. He began a field career in humanitarian action with Medecins Sans Frontieres in refugee camps in Thailand and as a humanitarian advisor in Central America. He worked as a medical human rights observer with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Haiti and joined UNHCR as a Humanitarian Coordinator for the Rwandan refugee crisis in Zaire. Dr. Thieren was Head of Field Office for Northern Bosnia for WHO/EURO and is currently WHO representative for Pakistan.

We thank Dr. Thieren for sharing his expertise and insight with our students to help them better understand the refugee situation!