Roxane Richter

As an Emergency Medical Technician, Roxane’s years of experience in national and international disaster aid and emergency medical services have provided both the catalyst and forum for her to research gender issues in disasters as a doctoral candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Roxane is an experienced voice in disaster, healthcare rights and gender issues, speaking at venues such as the 16th World Congress on Emergency Medicine and Disasters, the United Nations Association, Amnesty International, Partners in Emergency Preparedness, the Natural Hazards Center, and more. Her published research on gender and healthcare issues in disasters has appeared in such noted journals as: the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, American Journal of Disaster Medicine, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, the
Foreign Service Journal,
and more. Her book chapter “Disparity in Disasters: A Frontline View of Gender-Based Inequities in Emergency Aid and Healthcare” appears in Vanderbilt University Press’ Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence (2011).

In 2006, for her humanitarian efforts in Ghana, West Africa, Roxane was crowned “Queen Mother” in the sister-villages of Ekotsi-Bogyano, where she speaks on behalf of women and the poor. She enjoys field work in either medical triage or vision screening, and has served as program director of Medical Bridges, sending supplies and equipment to over 61 countries.

Currently Roxane serves as the President of World Missions Possible, an 11-year-old audited Houston-based nonprofit that has provided medical services, aid and disaster relief to 16 nations (www.worldmissionspossible.org). Over the years, she has traveled to 53 nations, serving with the American Red Cross’ Disaster Health Services and other nonprofits, providing free medical care and aid in impoverished and disaster-stricken areas.

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