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"A Long Way From
CHINA | SUDAN | PERU
In rural Gong Dong, China, New York doctor
Ed Chai is training local health workers in western medical techniques
that will complement their background in traditional Chinese medicine.
Lack of western medical technology and supplies, however, is a constant
frustration. When a patient arrives with a fever and severe brain
damage, it stretches Ed’s ability to adjust.
read more about MSF in China, click here.
In Sudan, civil war and rampant infectious disease
provide a strange setting to find a 60-year-old grandmother with
an affectionate sense of humor. But Australian Marg Ward is an MSF
on her first mission, and her personality translates into a marvelous
bedside manner when treating injured soldiers and sick mothers who
have been separated from their children.
read more about MSF in Sudan, click here
In the isolated northern reaches of Peru, a nasty
disease, cutaneous leishmaniasis, is affecting indigenous groups
who live many miles from the nearest hospital. MSF’s objective
is to train local health workers to respond to the disease and effectively
treat it, but as Biologist Eugenia Alvarez learns, this can mean
a long, hard drive through the jungle to locate people who skip
their treatment appointments. Dr. Milena Rosale, Eugenia’s
coworker, tells the story of her refugee parents, who were helped
by humanitarian aid agencies. For Milena, volunteering with MSF
is a way to repay a debt incurred long before she was born.
read more about MSF in Peru, click here