Bahá'í Chair Lecture Features Global Health Expert

The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace was honored to host the lecture “From the Front Lines—A Personal Reflection on Being a Doctor in Soweto” with Dr. Gloria Teckie on August 4 in 2113 Chincoteague Hall (former Journalism Building).

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Dr. Teckie is a specialist physician in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is affiliated with the University of the Witwatersrand. She practices medicine at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, a public hospital in Soweto that serves approximately 6 million people. She shared her personal reflections on being a doctor in Soweto. In addition, this event examined health care in a globalizing world.

Dr. Teckie’s area of concentration is critical care and she has fellowships in nephrology and in internal medicine. Her current research interests include: lupus nephritis; critical care nephrology; the psychosocial issues of patients with renal failure in a resource limited setting; and the provision of effective palliative care to patients with end-stage renal failure. 

In her remarks, Dr. Teckie focused on the forces of community-building in society and the central role of moral education in this process.  

In many developing countries, very few are provided with access to quality care. Disparities in access to health care services and other challenges that developing countries face in terms of poverty, diseases, HIV/AIDS, mortality, maternal health and other critical issues must be addressed.

“If we can extended support in community partnerships to a nation—and, ultimately, a globalizing world—we can sustain a global health care system that works more efficiently through cooperation,” said Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi, holder of the Bahá'í Chair.

The Bahá'í Chair is a renowned academic program within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. It utilizes interdisciplinary discourse to examine the way social actors and institutions effect social change and transform society. Through this lecture, the Chair invites all students, teachers, administrators and attendees to explore and discuss the approaches necessary to govern a multiplex world that extends health care to all global communities.

Dr. Teckie