International Student Club Hosts Dr. David Walton

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The University of West Georgia and the International Student Club will host global health expert Dr. David Walton as a guest speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.  The event is free and the community is invited to attend.The University of West Georgia and the International Student Club will host global health expert Dr. David Walton as a guest speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.  The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

A human rights speaker with an impressive résumé, Walton works in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and spends much of his time aiding the impoverished population of Haiti.

Sylvia Shortt, advisor to the International Club and assistant director for International Services and Programs, said the speaker is an inspiring person.

“Most of the proceeds of the speaker's fee will go to impoverished Haiti,” said Shortt. “The International Student Club hopes everyone will come out to support David Walton's humanitarian efforts.”

Walton, a Harvard Medical School graduate, became interested in working with poor communities as a research assistant for Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, an international charity organization that provides health care to the poor.

Walton will share his experiences working with the poor in Boston and in Haiti where he treats and prevents diseases most common in impoverished communities including HIV/AIDS and the drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. His humanitarian work has helped to shift public perspective on a variety of health issues.

For more information, call 678-839-4780.