The IAMAT-Robert & Haru Fisher Travel Medicine Scholarship is named in memory of Robert Haru Fisher, a committed IAMAT board member, and his partner Harukuni. The scholarship is awarded to a doctor or nurse from an African country. The recipient participates in clinical observation and attends a travel medicine course offered by the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM). After the course, the scholar returns home to teach their colleagues, improving healthcare for both travellers and local patients.
Bob was an avid traveller who believed in the importance of experiencing and sharing cultures.Born on March 3, 1930, Bob was raised in Iowa and Missouri, and lived in London, Tokyo, and New York.
Bob graduated from Harvard University and travelled to Japan for his post-graduate studies at the University of Tokyo. During this time, he was a representative of the US National Student Association for East and Southeast Asia, promoting student exchanges to foster international ties and kinship. While in Japan, he also worked for the CIA's International Organization Division (IOD) which took him to many countries in the region. Bob was a strong believer that peace can be achieved through cultural understanding and international cooperation.
Bob spent many years as President and Editor-in-Chief of the Fodor travel guides. He also served as President of the New York Travel Writers Association and as President of the Society of American Travel Writers and its Foundation. He published several books on art and travel, including the Fisher Annotated Travel Guides. Bob served as Vice President on IAMAT’s Board of Directors for many years. On several occasions during his travels (visiting 106 countries in total), he had to use the service of IAMAT-affiliated doctors. Bob was a passionate advocate of our work, understanding the importance of having comprehensive travel health resources and access to a network of reputable doctors around the world ready to assist travellers.
IAMAT is proud to dedicate this scholarship to his memory.