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Dr. Varughese to help increase global access to medication

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Stamford, CT | Added on February 24, 2015 At 03:59 PM

Stamford-based emergency response and global health organization AmeriCares has named its new medical officer and senior technical advisor.

"I've always had a desire to be involved with global health and AmeriCares was the perfect setting for me to do that work."  

Dr. Julie Varughese who took her position January 12th, is responsible for increasing access to quality medicine for low income patients in more than 90 countries, including the U.S.   

"I was born in a suburb of Chicago," said Varughese. "My parents are from India originally, but I would say ever since I was a young child I've always had an interest in working internationally, working here in the U.S., helping underserved populations and I think a lot of and I think a lot of that comes from my parents as well." 

Varughese is a board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics and has previously worked with Norwalk Hospital and Norwalk Community Health Center's HIV clinic. Her new role will allow her to shape programs to enhance patient care, provide medical oversight and review offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies.

"I feel like every day had brought different experiences which is also what I love about what I did," said Varughese. "Currently as far as our emergency response work, we're focusing on Liberia with the Ebola response work that we're doing as well as Sierra Leone and Guinea."  

With 3,500 health care partners around the globe, AmeriCares delivers more than $500 million medical products annually to patients in need. Varughese says some her future goals include building up existing AmeriCares programs.

"Our organization is continuing to build on our Gift-in-Kind work with the use of donations from the large number of pharmaceutical companies that we work with," said Varughese. "We're also working on building our programatic development, so helping to build up health care programs at some of the partner sites that we work with." 


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