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WORCESTER – Sometimes acting globally sparks ideas that have an impact locally.
When Lovo D. Koliego-Narmah, a nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center and a native of Liberia, and another native Liberian, Moses Z. Makor, a nurse at St. Vincent Hospital, volunteered to provide health care in Liberia two years ago during the Ebola epidemic that ravaged West Africa, they saw not only an African population in need. They also saw a need to bridge the gap between health care and African immigrants living in the Worcester area.
On a balmy evening Friday, some 60 members of the city’s African immigrant, medical and civic communities celebrated the launch of a nonprofit designed to bridge that gap, called the Diaspora Nurses Health Initiative.
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