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During a time when emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare has been on a steady rise, Dr. Liu has been keeping calm composure and making confident decisions which showcase her experience and ability to handle these situations.
Dr. Liu is a Canadian who trained at McGill University’s School of Medicine. She began working with MSF in 1996 and became the International President of MSF in 2013. Prior to her new position, she traveled to work with Malian refugees in Mauritania, tsunami victims in Indonesia, earthquake and cholera victims in Haiti and Somali refugees in Kenya. More recently, Dr. Liu has played a significant role with MSF in reducing the spread of the Ebola epidemic.
She has spearheaded and helped to develop many programs that were the first of its kind. For example: a program that offered comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence in the Republic of Congo, as well as the telemedicine project, which helps to connect MSF physicians from 150 remote sites to a network of over 300 medical specialists all over the world.
In 2013, Dr. Liu received the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award which “acknowledges and celebrates Canadian physicians who, while providing health care or emergency medical services, go beyond the accepted norms of routine practice, which may include exposure to personal risk. The recipient’s action will exemplify altruism and integrity, courage and perseverance in the alleviation of human suffering.”
Dr. Liu is truly an inspiration to all aspiring doctors and nurses and to people studying to become medical professionals.