A global scholar: Fulbright recipient tackling health disparities in Africa

June 21, 2018

A global scholar: Fulbright recipient tackling health disparities in Africa

For more than a decade, Yolaine Civil, M.D., had been helping patients and families throughout the state through her role with the Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic at Michigan Medicine.But in 2010 — following a transformative experience volunteering in Haiti after a devastating earthquake struck the nation — her ambitions grew.“While I had always had a deep affection toward helping people in need, including lower income individuals, single-parent households and immigrant families from all over the globe, I knew that it was time to do more after my life-changing volunteer experience,” said Civil, who decided to leave her position at Michigan Medicine and pursue a role with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).From 2012 to 2014, Civil completed four missions with MSF, working in both west and central Africa to improve the lives of neonatal patients and their mothers.