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Another day, another pro bono project from Hogan Lovells. Fresh from making the shortlist of The Lawyer Pro Bono Awards 2012 with its Farm Africa and Libyan projects, this time the firm is helping public health in Liberia.
Community Affairs Officer Lynne Peabody in London and two US lawyers have just returned from a visit to Liberia where they went to visit some projects the firm is supporting there through its pro bono and Touch (charitable giving) efforts.
The firm is fundraising for Action Against Hunger/ ACF International to help run a therapeutic feeding unit and outpatient treatments and prevention work in Monrovia, while also working pro bono with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to draft legislation on public health.
Lynne, along with Washington D.C. partner Philip Katz and associate Margia Corner, visited the hospital for which the firm is fundraising to see it in action, and took with them teddy bears knitted by London office staff to give to the children.
Commenting on the trip, Lynne said: “The trip was a humbling experience. The hospital is extremely rudimentary with basic facilities and not enough of them to serve the communities in which it operates. The facility was full of children, some as young as two weeks, suffering from severe malnourishment often in addition to other complications such as malaria. What struck me and my colleagues most was how quiet and listless the children were – they didn’t have the energy to move, cry, or even eat. Seeing this really brought to the forefront the importance of Hogan Lovells’ support of these charity and pro bono initiatives.”
Philip Katz added: “The work done by ACF is incredibly important, and it is inspiring to see the innovative and efficient ways in which they go about their mission, and the success they’re having. It’s also gratifying to see their very tangible work in the field, which nicely complements our work drafting proposed statutes and regulations for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.”
Hogan Lovells will coordinate a global fundraising campaign across all offices in October to coincide with World Food Day.