World health leader to speak at Mount Holyoke commencement

Mount Holyoke College holds its 179th commencement on May 15th

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — Human rights and medical access advocate Dr. Joia Mukherjee (JOY’-uh MOO’-ker-jee) is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Mount Holyoke College’s commencement.

Mukherjee, the chief medical officer for Boston-based Partners In Health, is dedicated to providing access to health care to the poorest, most vulnerable communities in the world.

In addition to her public health advocacy, Mukherjee also consults for the World Health Organization on the treatment of HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis in developing countries.

Mukherjee’s scholarly work focuses on the human rights aspect of HIV treatment and on health interventions.

Mukherjee trained in infectious disease, internal medicine, and pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard.

The women’s college in South Hadley holds its 179th commencement on May 15.

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