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Rebecca Singer, RN, ND Hometown: Denver, Colorado Education: BA, History and Political Science, Indiana University; MA, Mideast and North African Studies, University of Michigan; Doctorate in Nursing, University of Colorado Other activities: Has run three triathlons and is training for her fourth!
In 2005, Rebecca Singer traveled to Liberia on behalf of Doctors Without Borders to work as a field nurse running sexual-violence response at Benson Maternal Child Health Hospital in Paynesville, near Monrovia. She also spent six months in Uganda acting as the field nurse for the Awere Internally Displaced Person camp and then six months as a flying sexual-violence technical advisor (also known as a "flying nurse"), traveling to Kenya, Chad, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zimbabwe. She then returned to Liberia for four months to analyze the data she had collected on sexual violence in the region and to work on an advocacy piece.
At rape crisis clinics in places like Liberia and Uganda, Doctors Without Borders provides treatment options like sexually transmitted infection treatment or prophylaxis and emergency contraception. Rebecca supervised the clinics, ensuring excellence of care, trained staff members, maintained supplies and fostered relationships with the local communities. She also created and conducted trainings throughout the region for Doctors Without Borders and the Ministry of Health (MOH) staff on how to respond to sexual violence. Additionally, she met with local women's groups, citizens' groups and leading political groups.
Rebecca currently lives in Denver, where she just started a new position working with and helping victims of torture.