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A Doctor's Quest

The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe

Published September 2012

Description

A doctor grapples with the challenges of mother and child health in the developing world.

Recounting medical missions in half of the thirty countries in which she has worked for the past twenty-five years in Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific - from Darfur in Sudan to Papua New Guinea and Bhutan - Dr. Gretchen Roedde shares the grim reality of world politics and bureaucratic red tape on the front lines as a doctor in mother-and-child health and HIV/AIDS.

A Doctor’s Quest tells the stories of the hopes of village women struggling to give birth safely, their often corrupt leaders, and countries trying to bring evil despots to justice. The book analyzes the slow progress in global maternal health, contrasting the affluence of the few with the precarious hold on survival of the world’s poorest, where economic realities force families to sell young girls into marriage at the age of thirteen to face higher risk of death from early child-bearing.

Contributors

Gretchen Roedde

Gretchen Roedde, assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, has been a physician since 1978. Working with Indigenous and marginalized communities, she practises near Lake Temiskaming. She has also worked as a public health doctor in the developing world, specializing in mother-and-child health and HIV/AIDS. Gretchen lives in Haileybury, Ontario

Dr. John Evans

Dr. John Evans was the founding director of the Population, Health, and Nutrition Department of the World Bank; the former chair of the Board of Directors of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1987 to 1995; the founding dean of the McMaster University Medical School; and the president of the University of Toronto from 1972 to 1978. He remains active in work supporting non-governmental organizations in developing countries.

Book Details

Paperback
September 2012
6x9 in
272 pp
9781459706439
ePub
September 2012
-
272 pp
9781459706453
PDF
September 2012
-
272 pp
9781459706446