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Henri Frederic Migala


Born in Paris, France, to a Polish father and French mother, Dr. Migala developed his interest in exploration early in life, having lived on 3 continents by the time he was 10 years old.  Henri’s first Masters degree is in anthropology from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Having completed all his coursework in archaeology, and studying and working with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University to excavate the submerged city of Port Royal, Jamaica, Henri decided to refocus his interests on people, rather than artifacts. To complete his thesis research in medical anthropology, Henri spent a year living with a very ancient and isolated indigenous group called the Chipaya, in the Altiplano of Bolivia, near the Salar de Coipasa.  The focus of his research was on cultural adaptation and articulating tradition and modern medical practices among indigenous peoples.  Wanting to work in international development, Henri then completed a second Masters in Public Health.  His international public health work led him to live and work in 15 countries around the world, for a while with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal, with the global polio eradication program.

Henri is also a prize-winning photographer.  One of his photos was selected as a “Top 10” Finalist in the Smithsonian Magazine’s 16th Annual Photo Contest (from 48,000 entries).  His photos can be seen at

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At 17,802', it's the 2nd highest peak in Mexcio

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Working with the UN WHO in polio eradication among the Tharu indigenous people who live in the Terai, along the Nepali-Indian border

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