For the past twenty years or so… I have worked alongside the Board and Staff of Medicines for Humanity to improve maternal and child healthcare in vulnerable communities around the world. I am so grateful for your friendship and support in this mission… and I have some news to share with you about my plans.
I have decided to retire from my official duties as Board Chair at MFH. I have been honored to receive the new title of “Chair Emeritus,” and rest assured that, I intend to stay close. My hope is to do selected special projects, mentor MFH staff and board, fundraise for selected new initiatives, perhaps even to do a little writing about my experiences in international health… and most of all… spend a little more time with my grandchildren.
The strength of the MFH Board and Staff give me the confidence that the foundation is now firmly in place and the time is now right for MFH to build on this foundation and expand our reach.
As I reflect on our journey, I want to express my deep gratitude to you and to everyone who believes in this compelling dream to stop the needless suffering and unnecessary deaths of children. While there is still a long way to go… we have accomplished much together.
We have leveraged our resources by working with and through exceptional in-country health partners (typically communities of Sisters). We have focused on evidence-based interventions and preventive health initiatives that save lives. We have encouraged and supported our partners in building a legacy of better care for tomorrow.
You have helped to build this foundation… and I thank you for your continuing support to enable our Board and Staff to use this platform effectively to serve more children and mothers.
I close this letter with my oft cited quote by the famous Yankee, Lou Gehrig “Today I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” This quote feels particularly appropriate today as I reflect on all our work to build MFH… and all the lives that MFH has transformed as a result.
One thing I know for certain. Providing health services to kids and mothers who have no place else to turn… gives you a feeling that nothing else in the world can match.
Thanks for all,