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Release: May 31, 2001

Iowa doctor to speak on medicine in East Timor at June 7 Foreign Relations Council

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. Daniel J. Murphy, an Iowa native who practices medicine in East Timor, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about "Delivering Medical Services in East Timor," on Thursday, June 7, at noon at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City. The program is open to the public.

Murphy, a native of Alton, earned his M.D. at the University of Iowa in 1970. He spent the next six years in general practice at the United Farm Workers’ Clinics at Delano, California, where he practiced general medicine and started medical clinics for farm workers. After two years in general practice at Orange City, Iowa, he spent three years at the Gurue District hospital in Mozambique, in general practice and supervisory role for medical students from the University of Eduardo Mondlane at Maputo, and started a training program for midwives and clinics in rural areas.

Murphy spent 16 years in Cedar Falls in general practice and working at the Methadone Clinic. In 1998 he moved his general practice to Dili, capital of East Timor, where he practices medicine at a full service 24-hour clinic/hospital that includes maternity, pharmacy, laboratory, and 20 in-patient beds. The clinic currently lacks x-ray and surgical capabilities. He sees as many as 650 patients a day and also makes frequent trips to mountain villages "to make house calls." In addition, he trains medical and nursing students. The goal is to make the clinic a training center for village health workers who will return home to participate in community-based health care.

The meal will be provided by Taste of China at a cost of $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The deadline to register for the event is noon Tuesday, June 5. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

Murphy’s presentation is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and cosponsored by UI International Programs with additional support from Bio-Research Products, Inc. and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union. WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Friday, June 8, following the noon news.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.