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“It’s good to be back” by Sue Averill

Eight years ago, I never thought I’d say that about Juba, South Sudan.  I was trashed – burned out and exhausted, feeling like I’d failed my team and myself.  5 days ago I arrived to ever-present chaos, heat and crowds but at the office to warm welcomes from national staff

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Kathleen Kenny and Midwives for Haiti

Overall, the trip to Haiti went well. I worked with Midwives for Haiti which is truly an amazing organization. I was planning on helping to train the Haitian midwifery students. My knowledge is the most valuable thing I have to offer, and from a sustainability perspective, I felt this would

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Sue is in South Sudan

Wise man once said, “Don’t stumble around barefoot in the dark.” Eight years ago South Sudan left me a burned out, sad, exhausted mess.  I’m back for two months in the same role:  Medical Coordinator.  The situation in the country is no less dire:  epidemics, tropical diseases not known in the Western world, inexperienced

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Guatemala Village Health by Glenn Buck

Going to Guatemala with Guatemala Village Health was a very rewarding and challenging trip.  We had the coordinator, Jennifer Hoock a Group Health physician here in Seattle, we had a local MD, Terecita for half of the trip and then another physician, Gil who is also a physician in the

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Amanda Judd tells about her mission with Refuge International

We arrived excited to get the San Raymundo temporary hospital up and running. We had lost time with flight delays and reroutes due to Hurricane Patricia, which was pounding Dallas with an unexpected wallop and caused baggage to be delayed and people to be stranded. Fortunately, thanks to the well-oiled

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Jo’s Nurses work in Chocola, Guatemala

2015 Jo’s Nurses with Refuge International Chocola is a remote village in the mountainous southwestern region of Guatemala where there is no government assistance in education, health or roads.  Sadly because of the country’s political climate there is no help for the indigenous people.  They’re abandoned. Dr. Sergio Castillo and his wife

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Update on Emily Scott’s experience in Sierra Leone

Filling In The Blanks My colleague who was infected has tested negative for Ebola and been discharged from the National Institutes of Health. The 16 Americans being monitored as “high risk” contacts have all passed 21 healthy days. My cohort – the clinicians with whom I trained, traveled, and worked

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Switching gears.

Hi All, we’re back in Tegus to regroup for a day – head out on the road again  morning early.  This past couple weeks we’ve been wandering the north/Caribbean coast of Honduras, visiting hospitals and public health clinics, Garifuna communities, other NGOs and people living with HIV.  It’s been fascinating, exhausting and

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Dora the Explorer Returns to Honduras!

Hi All,  I’m in the midst of a 2 month mission with MSF/Doctors Without Borders to explore the health situation all over Honduras.  With my partner Edgardo (who I met in Uganda in 2006!) and a driver, we’re visiting all of the hospitals in the country, some smaller health centers, community

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