About the Founder
Refuge Place International was founded by Mosoka P. Fallah to bring quality health care to the poor in Liberia. Dr Fallah, a Liberian, spent two years of his childhood in Liberia’s largest slum, West Point, in the capital Monrovia where he was unable to attend school for an entire year. His family subsequently moved to a squatter settlement, Chicken Soup Factory on the outskirts of Monrovia, where they would build a home, in which his mother still lives.
In the midst of the civil war, Dr Fallah studied at the University of Liberia, where it took him ten years to obtain his Bachelor of Science due to the long running conflict. That same war cut short his medical studies, and led him to volunteer with Doctors without Borders at the frontlone of the conflict and subsequently to the USA where he obtained his PhD at the University of Kentucky and Master of Public Health in epidemiology at Harvard. As a graduate student Dr. Fallah established the NGO Refuge Place Internaitonal and put all his earnings in to purchasing land and construction materials to build an urgently needed health clinic in the slum community that was home to his family.
As an international development consultant Dr. Fallah worked with several organizations including WHO. A USAID-funded consulting project to develop a program for the training of mid-level public health staff brought Dr. Fallah back to Liberia in 2013. He worked extensively with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia, medical centers, and other nonprofit organizations to initiate this flagship program in Liberia.
During the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, he served as Head of Case Detection in the Montserrado Incident Management System and supervised critical aspects of Liberia’s Ebola response. In particular, he provided training for surveillance, contact tracing, case management, and community mobilization.
Following the outbreak he subsequently co-founded the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to strengthen infectious disease prevention and control and to monitor disease with epidemic potential. He and was appointed the Director of Technical Services of NPHIL by the President of Liberia. He later served as Acting Director General for NPHIL from Octotber 2019, then Director General, until September 2020.
Dr. Fallah is a visiting Scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also Principal Investigator for the largest cohort study investigating Ebola survivors in a joint clinical research partnership with NIH.
Dr. Fallah has been recognized for his leadership and service to the people of Liberia:
- For his role as an Ebola Fighter, Dr. Fallah was a highlighted recipient of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2014
- Recognized by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as a Grand Commander, Order of the Star of Africa, for meritorious and distinguished services rendered to the Republic of Liberia, July 2015
- Leadership Award in Public Health Practice, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2015
- Africa Innovators’ Award, Quartz Africa for his leadership, risk-taking, and passion for the advancement of communities, 2015
- Health Worker of the Year and Development Person of the Year Awards, USAID Liberia Development Award, 2017
- Builder of Africa's Future, African Diaspora Network, 2020