A native of Washington state, Paul’s interest in the mountains of the world led to his first visit to Pakistan in 2001. Since that time his interest in the country has blossomed both into international development and humanitarian relief. He went from a health education project funded by the American Alpine Club, to then managing a large disaster relief program for Save the Children after the devastating earthquake of 2005. In this episode we learn how he helped establish a Pakistani NGO, Khurpa care, which focuses on safety training for mountaineering and expedition porters.
Paul’s experiences in Pakistan fostered a particular interest in global health activities in conflict-affected settings. He has found that health is a powerful tool for promoting peace and lens for examining the detrimental effects of conflict. Motivated by these discoveries, he completed a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, then became a physician at the Dartmouth School of medicine, and is now completing his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Washington. His future aims are to work as a physician and to engage actively on the political dimensions of health.
WHAT YOU WILL HEAR:
3:00 How his journeys in Pakistan began
9:10 Breaking through pre conceived assumptions of local culture
. . . and a close call in the Hushe valley
15:00 The story of flying into Pakistan on the day the twin towers fell
20:00 Responding to the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, and breaking down stereotypes of Pashtun culture
29:30 The origins of Khurpa Care
34:30 A review of the work of Khurpa Care now and into the future
40:30 The impact of working in a place of violent conflict and how it inspired his training
44:00 Some final words of encouragement for those with an interest in international aid