A Doctor's Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe
By: Gretchen Roedde (author), Dr John Evans (foreword_author)Paperback
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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.
Gretchen Roedde has worked as a public health doctor for the past 25 years in the developing world, specializing in mother and child health and HIV/AIDS. She has worked for the United Nations Population Fund in Ghana and Papua New Guinea to assess and promote progress in maternal health. Dr. Roedde lives in Haileybury, Ontario. 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.
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