President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf UMass Medical School 2012 Commencement Address

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf UMass Medical School 2012 Commencement Address


chancellor collins i have the honor to present to you for the jury of doctor of humane letters
on a response a excellency ellen johnson certainly valley and champion for women esteemed world leader and celebrated nobel peace laureate your excellency alan johnson surly
university of massachusetts worcester welcome to you on this are thirty-ninth commencement day ahead of all else you have always called yourself a
liberia that is an especially meaningful
statement covering from one who has been cheating
such a prominent position on the world stage a proud mother and grandmother throughout your career you’ve placed a special emphasis on
helping women and children in doing so your demonstrated powerfully how lifting the week among us can lift an entire nation growing up you face harsh realities when your father’s political ambitions
were shattered by illness a commitment to education an extraordinary determination fueled
your own a luxurious political career beginning with the famed commencement
address to deliver you delivered at the college of west africa in nineteen
seventy two bravely you have stood up spoken the truth and challenged others to do the same that moment foreshadowed greatness yet to come but enormous challenges dark and your
bright future three years of harsh oppression
imprisonment and exile you continued to speak out finally when you return to your beloved home it was once again to take up the
struggle against corruption after becoming the first woman elected to lead and african nation boldly you launched initiatives to bring
liberia greater stability prosperity and international reputation winning reelection last year you now continue transforming urination in the face of adversity you longman admired for your ability to
balance great strength with profound compassion in two thousand eleven you shared the nobel peace prize for leading the non-violent struggle for
the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding efforts we are specially privileged by your
presence here today because of the deep relationship between
our campus at your country it is a privilege for those in our
community to partner with talent talented and resorts will colleagues in
liberia as to gather we care for all or any that all may know of our respect and
appreciation feur remarkable contributions to the
nation of liberia international peace and the well-being of human dignity of
all the university of massachusetts
worcester confers upon you the degree of doctor of
humane letters on our scholars challenge on sincerely by gephardt invested in a bite of what
it right these are the university of massachusetts i confer upon you the degree of doctor
of humane and letters onerous causa in accordance with usual custom you’re
entitled to all the rights and privileges which pertain to this degree
here and elsewhere in tokyo where rob rewarded with the
former in and ask you with the hood a doctorate humane letters congratulations we are so pleased that her excellency ellen johnson surlis search today is our main commencement
speaker it’s my privilege now welcome alain juppe since early to collect president jensen michael collins chairman james around the members of the
university of massachusetts budapest t self-contained staff and students alumni rents members of the graduating class of
twenty twelve parents family and friends the like gated community here precedence distinguished guests ladies and gentlemen friends dial me first of all to express my
thanks and appreciation to you chancellor comments in the trustees of
the university of massachusetts for the invitation to deliver at this
year’s medical school commencement address you on a meat by this invitation but it is the people of liberia whom this institution continues to
support what look at them india det that you also for the distinguished on a rated three of prompted the letters
onerous costs and which is the situation has the story of
one you wanna meet by this i mean excellent company along with america’s dr at a prominent boston entrepreneur who has contributed so much to what medical research particularly the size six bro sis every faction that last night’s commencement in them recalling extraordinary service inhuman con textile concept everyone doctor benjamin rising from until beginnings reach back in her success to say will give men communities industry mops they still don’t know demonstrated
extraordinary commitment and dedication to discovery abut life-saving treatment when deflection that has caused his family so much pain my dear friends no matter how many honorary degrees
agassi each one also special meaning for me were always reminds me of the very close
loans between my country and this medical school because so many of your students and property have taking time away from the airport
life’s to travel to liberia and provide
life-saving medical care to ensure helping population i’m delighted that you now have support from u_s_ eight granted to the
u_s_ u_-mass medical school university
indiana university and out own university of liberia we should help to rebuild a health care education system and they status healthcare training
programs might thanks to all of you off awhile being involved with healthcare
training in liberia and mom and detect events outflow booked that they can’t really see reactor and on our side tactic embodied in this president of the
university of liberian might people and my country appreciate all that you do class of twenty twelve it’s important to have been chosen to
address it today you will go on to greatly impact the
lives of families and help policy the world over most of the us citizens of the world’s
largest economy and it’s more powerful country as such you would have a potential to impact globally use it wisely but with so much power consecrated responsibility along with your family friends and other
loved ones i stand hearty congratulations to you
graduates what you have achieved it’s no small feat but this is the discipline that
self-regulate along the way the commitments tested and also get to play you are today acosta should ultimately you have gone through one of the most
rigorous training regime slave morton profession and everyone to be a recognized this and
appreciative press appearance in discipline we celebrated i wish i could say that the most demanding them days of the explosive section of the
nineteen and that it is it gets ec air from yell it out but to say that as you well know would be untrue for with each accomplishment com
expectations and the substance there will be days atwood tessia commitment to this calling i’m high but competent at the scene persevering step brought to
this file we’ll see you in the same way that you began your
joining pet project of this place liberia to began only distinction electron if they took over six years ago when we
came into office the economy was in ryan’s and i’ll tell sector mcfaul others was must bear the destruction that
engulfed the country during the civil upheaval the health infrastructure of hospitals health centers and clinics what destroyed or badly damaged and the delivery of basic health
services wants almost nonexistent only forty-one percent of our people
lived within one our walking distance of the health facility most of them have been theories in the country of three point five
million at that time it was only three hundred and fifty-four
health facilities the entire field work force was three thousand nine hundred and
sixty-six health professionals having fled the country only six of top fifteen a ministry to
political subdivisions had at least one medical doctor the rest had not in more ways than one we inherited echo wounded country with this functional institutions far beyond the physical destruction and
depravation we’d heard at our house that had been divided against itself liberia students are d appealing the spirit aspirations in hopes of hot country had
been tested item also bought conflict the scale and scope of the challenges
with daunting and in the midst of a tall sometimes we
felt distracted and what tempted to loose sight of what
matters at the restoration would take time at the healing would take years if not to keeps the loss of life ek tempted to product the big picture very few of you encounter problems on
such a massive scale as that you are after all doctors vs and scientists not politicians however at one point a knuckle all across the
set this city expressiveness isn’t argument forest fight you other counterpoint to the pain of the world acted to date yup precedence will bring come fuck initial arrested
distraught family member the dealing patient the ensures house and the frantic parent it will be hard sometimes but always come back to the big picture the big picture up yet chosen profession oppressive beach a flight beyond the d_c_ system about humans that
yukio mitigate and eighty eight your profession appeals eulogy intact a sea of big picture in the face of paying xin indignant a suffering and sorrow they certainly fuck healing in the world andy field hope and that is what you represent that is the pauline you chose you’re very precedence softens the c_v_r_ except the pain of
disease that it is like and still is the pain the world will meet you specifically for your profession but generally for what do you stand for issue a big picture applaud arms to share it with you on
this dulu unrecorded gudi no matter how small this is important for two reasons you never know the returns from a beneficiary appeal recanted good on a more basic level good reaffirms alec humanity and strengthens the bombs that hold us together incompetent economist refinance
affirmation up all humanity out she had experiences it strengthens the sense of community s
active participants inhuman conditions us medical professionals you always be held in high esteem people will respect you and look up to you and work emulating a good example sisterhood it got especially when the beneficiary cannot reciprocate at last evening’s commencement in them impressive reflection i spoke about the
hot foundation because of his association with the
medical school the acronym is for help education and
relief through training u_n_ investments contribute at many many
doctors that have gone to liberia in recent years and have made a difference by providing
relief and health care services apap adult lean
beef where hospital the john f_ kennedy medical center you m_m_ s has been expecially involving
the pediatric program by providing a pediatrician almost every
month to chip for the last three years at almost no expense to liberia like others he stopped us have continued to render
humanitarian service with out monetary reward to the palace insect cannot pay for the
service it would have been impossible to imagine the strides who have made an
offhand sector without crying mess but the people home we can never be p as a result today seven to one person about
population lives within five kilometers suffer health facility up from forty one percent in two thousand six today we have to five hundred and fifty
health facilities it thirty six percent increase in six
years ago and all of our fifteen contests not have
at least one medical doctor this has been achieved through
partnerships with friendly governments university is like the others non-profit and checked organizations we have also investing in a potential
about people by training them jcm responsibility for health sector delivery the progress indicators uh…
interactive operations can sometimes lead to frustration for example big last month economist published because freeze
indicated that like the u_s_ infant mortality that increased that came out only asset shock to me but indicates great right because in those numbers icy families tone by greek icy dreams and hopes dashed and life it’s kind of children when i come from we deal with the reality of killer diseases that prey on children the weakest among us diseases such as malaria and dysentery that have long since disappeared from of
the cost of the world’s what we came to realize is that the numbers were not so much
going us oc s all reporting mechanisms wayne proving after two decades of no accurate data on the state of idaho sector we began collecting information we conducted a national census and improved data collection and
reporting to exports the extent of our problem as difficult as it is to face these
numbers it wasn’t necessary first step toward
improving the quality a flight about people yet the reality is that day and they remain shocking all go down from twenty six percent sixteen percent about children diet
right and some seven hundred up a hundred
thousand mothers also died hitting play the next step test comes from better education in all of those remedies he is a bit nis data practices in assessing clean water
and sanitation this also means expressing the practices of tradition up
by the tendons all required at a training and appropriate use of the referral system it is that’s important to remember at the high points of wildlife capitol
records without the low points it is impossible to on the stand out
precedent would out an appreciation follow past and out this stream it’s a combination of wet we succeeded and when we see it we pay the great disrespect to the past by avoiding his mistakes some people call that list as you may have gathered by now but my
country has a long way to go invested arguably com from even among the week we i fessing a potential out people formulating the roadmap annex traversing the processes systems
and institutions now will allow us to reach allam vicious
cool of becoming a middle-income country by
the year twenty third we have been recognized and bc we are pleased to have been recognized
n_b_c_ brace s idea is to take considered a model
apollo failed state can be restored to the family of nations i’m also pleased to say that might be recent open society well lawson shortened or discrimination against anyone i have a d_c_ cheap and can only makes
sense against the backdrop of upgrade a school also failures everything we have done right export le opposite of what we did rung
in the preceding techies on this year so far at least in the with
you fea matters oftentimes success comes through the experience of
fee field matts a slacker only in the
lessons we learned from them but in the options they close all and what they tell us about ourselves as human beings we spend our lives if what in the past
like tempting to relive it also personal success must also be
familiar with the alien subsets lines as the struggles that
people sometimes in the wake up my relative success
people forget how i got back where and to date and what had become was not always a
foregone conclusion my life expectancy peaks and his family’s today i am precedent yesterday alyssa person forced into exile alice not always taking house episode
with in but i but give up uncertainty is crucial to the human condition some of the most important decisions
occur in moments of great uncertainty to be without a doubt istics skipping at
the table human limitations to maintain a healthy skepticism it’s a very cheap even above the ideas did which is
strongly believe or whatever the circumstances let’s have the courage to be breaking action practice of twenty twelve you have come farther than most people
will be in my lifetime cherish that accomplishment today take a break from the adjoining
and celebrate tomorrow it will be time to begin
another face another stage in preparation for another rite of
passage esteem ready and go for the end of the
world you’ll see a knowledge and skills continued to make a difference put that issue called along the road read them but to protect the big picture because a sense of purpose and meaning is bound to match it s_l_ waseda grantees seek at all times to preserve what is best about humanity and reduce what is twice the price i know that you should view patrick absolute clandestine checklist
manifest which helps you in your profession medical level otherwise to avoid
mistakes class of twenty twelve go off and see the world congratulations

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