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June 27, 2007

Where are the doctors?

Two for the Road - Times Select - New York Times Blog

I came across this in the NYT by accident. Will Okun, a high school teacher, and Leana S. Wen, a recent medical school graduate, won an essay contest to travel in Africa with Nicholas D. Kristof. "Two for the Road" is their blog of the experience and "Where are the doctors?" is Leana's post about the crisis in medical care in Rwanda in particular as well as in Africa in general.

Those of you who participated in the 2007 Ann Arbor/Ypsi Reads program and read Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House, 2003), heard Tracy Kidder speak at AACC, heard Paul Farmer speak UM, or came to the HSL discussion of the book are already familiar with the issues she raises. You will also have heard about Partners in Health, the organization Farmer founded to address health care issues for the poor in developing countries.

Did you also know about Librarians without Borders, a global health initiative of the Medical Library Association? My friend and colleague, Marcus Banks, and his wife, Helen Ip, are in Nigeria as I write this as part of the E-Library Training Initiative sponsored by MLA and funded by Elsevier. This initiative is based on the principles behind Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI). Marcus is blogging the experience at his blog Marcus' World - the first post in the series is "Nigeria Bound on Saturday" - and Helen has posted pictures on Flickr.

All together, a compelling and disturbing situation.

Posted by janeblum at June 27, 2007 10:09 AM

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