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9 October 2019

Exhibition tells the story how QF students helped one Tanzanian community

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The African country’s ambassador says trainee doctors from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar have brought “much-needed healthcare” to her people

Tanzania’s ambassador to Qatar has thanked Qatar Foundation students for helping the people of her country as a photo exhibition chronicling their trip to East Africa opened at Education City.

‘Experience Tanzania’ documents a service-learning trip which saw trainee doctors from Weill Cornell-Medicine Qatar (WCM-Q) travel to the country to offer health checks and basic healthcare services to its community.

Their experiences were captured by Dr. Dietrich Büsselberg, professor of physiology and biophysics at the Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university and a keen amateur photographer. His images at the exhibition – which is being hosted in collaboration with QF Art, as part of its wider Art Trail initiative – depict the students’ work with the Tanzanian people and how they learned about local traditions and way of life, as well as pictures of the country’s landscape and wildlife.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition at Multaqa (Education City Student Center) – which was attended by ambassadors to Qatar from 11 nations – Her Excellency Fatima Mohammed Rajab, Ambassador of the Embassy of Tanzania to Qatar, said: “I really appreciate the help that students from Qatar Foundation have given to my country.

“The students from Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar provided much-needed healthcare to our community during their visit, while also having the chance to experience the beautiful national parks of Tanzania.”

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Recollecting their trip, Muna Almasri, a first year medical student at WCM-Q, said: “The cross-cultural knowledge of the people of Tanzanian is something everyone in the world can learn from – it was an amazing experience”. And her fellow student Dabin Chung said: “I felt powerless and amazed at how Tanzania’s awesome nature surrounded me; I have never seen a sky with so many stars.”

The exhibition will run until December 1, with QF organizing a guided tour on October 26 at 10am. For more information about the tour, or to register, email qftrail@qf.org.qa.

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