DNP Candidate Helps Patients at Liberia Clinic

Sigrid Marfo, a DNP candidate, is already a dedicated and successful certified registered nurse-anesthetist who shared her skills helping patients in a clinic in Liberia —and also met the president of the West Africa nation.

“She is interested in improving health outcomes across the continuum and taking her skills to the next level, particularly in Epidemiology and Population Health,” said Dr. Aaron Sebach, chair of the Doctor of Nursing Program. “Her work in Liberia allowed her to put the concepts she learned in class into practice.”

Marfo worked with volunteer doctors and nurses to treat patients who required surgery and was the sole anesthesia provider in the clinic.

President Weah and other government officials pose with visiting US Doctors
President Weah visits with Operational International participants. Photo: Executive Mansion, Republic of Liberia

While she was in Liberia, she met President George Weah, who visited Marfo and other healthcare providers who participated in the Operation International medical mission.

The College of Health Professions also organizes medical trips to the Dominican Republic and Kenya each year to help people who don’t have ready access to care.

“We now have a doctoral nursing student from Kenya who met our facility and students when they were there and became interested in our program,” Dr. Sebach said.