Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mental health officer Karen Stewart will speak at Seattle Center on Wednesday Sept. 11 to talk about the challenges of bringing medical care to remote areas of the globe.
The stop is one of nine cities across the Northwest where the organization will talk about life as an aid worker and the work that they do.
Stewart, who has been with MSF for 15 years, has been on 11 assignments in nine countries across Africa and Asia, according to the organization. Most recently she was in Uzbekistan working with a tuberculosis project in 2015.
The Seattle event will be at the Armory Lofts at Seattle Center and is free and open to the public. It will provide an in-person opportunity for Seattle locals to find out more about MSF’s work around the globe.
Stewart’s presentation includes stories from the field — from working in an HIV/AIDS clinic in Lagos, Nigeria to working in Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 Tsunami. One story is about a young girl in Papua New Guinea, who was attacked and raped on the only road leading from her house. It took the young girl weeks to build up the courage to visit MSF’s clinic as she was too scared to walk that road again, but MSF and her local councilors helped her face her trauma.
The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 11 at Seattle Center, Armory Lofts at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle.