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Dr. Abakar Visit


Dr. Habsita Mahamat Abakar


Dr. Bridget Calhoun, Chair of the Physician Assistant Studies program, was visited by Dr. Habsita Mahamat Abakar from the country of Chad to discuss Dr. Abakar's organization called Soupir, which translates into "sigh" in English. Dr. Abakar is a physician who attended medical school in Ndjamena, Chad and founded Soupir which is a non-profit organization in Chad that provides healthcare services to people in underserved areas and educational services to encourage girls in Chad to attend school.

As an advocate for women in Chad, Dr. Abakar participated in the prestigious Nelson Mandela Civic Fellowship in 2016 and in the International Visitor Leadership Program administered by the United States Department of State in 2015. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies has supported the efforts of Dr. Abakar in a few creative ways. Second year PA student, Savannah Greggs, created the Facebook page for Soupir, and a local artist and friend of Dr. Calhoun, Lexi Zickefoose, created an original drawing to be used as the logo for the organization.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies looks forward to future visits by Dr. Abakar and collaborations for research projects!