Dr. Diarra honored by US Embassy in Mali for International Women's Day, 2016

Dr. Houleymata Diarra, USAID ASSIST Project Chief of Party, was featured this month by the Embassy of the United States in Mali, which is presenting 30 inspiring Malian women this month in honor of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2016 in a social media campaign entitled, "#30Jours30Femmes (30 Days, 30 Women).

The Embassy described Dr. Diarra as “a dedicated, motivated, humble leader, passionate for her work and her contribution to the national system.” We here at URC have been honored to work with her for many years, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to her for this recognition of her strength, brilliance, and dedication to empowering her community and improving its health systems. Click on the Facebook icon to see their original post in French!

   Dr. Houleymata Diarra is Chief of Party of the USAID ASSIST Project, funded by USAID-Mali. Thanks to her strong leadership and management, the USAID ASSIST Project has strengthened health worker capacity in many hospitals and health centers in their goal to provide the best health care services. A physician by training with more than twenty years of experience in public health and project management in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health and WASH/nutrition, Dr. Diarra is a dedicated, motivated, humble leader, passionate for her work and her contribution to the national system. She has held management positions in several national and international health projects, and is a technical health expert. With her talent in bringing people together, and her feminine maternal touch, she always succeeds in putting together a strong team with diverse expertise to achieve the objectives of the projects, its donors, and the government of her country.

Her contribution in mobilizing resources for health and development programs for her country has been exceptional throughout her career. In the eyes of her colleagues and clients, she is an inspiration and an example of rigor, always available to help and support everyone, both professionally and personally. According to Dr. Diarra, humanity is the key and the cornerstone of all success—if we cultivate this, we will always win. For her, March 8th (#IWD) is a day of sacred consecration: we must give more of ourselves to help women better understand their role as leaders in strengthening the family, which will make Mali a haven of peace and happiness.

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