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October 15, 2009
American doctors aiding African medical programs

It’s not just large organizations like the World Bank that are working to eliminate diseases in Africa. Many smaller groups are also working hard to alleviate suffering. One such program is called “Doc to Dock.”

It collects surplus medical supplies — such as hospital beds from a facility that is upgrading — and ships them to Africa.

Dalijit Dhaliwal spoke last week with Doc to Dock’s founder, Dr. Bruce Charash. ┬áHe says the supplies are desperately needed in a continent where some hospitals are so ill-equipped that women give birth on the floor.




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To pace: there are ways that we can still give, and achieve win-win situations. For example, medical supplies that have recently expired cannot be used without serious legal liabilities here. However, most expiration dates are calculated to have a large buffer zone before they will truly deteriorate in quality and function. These supplies would have been thrown away in the U.S. However, for patients who have never seen a doctor all their lives in a third world country, the kind of medical care that doctors might be hesitant to give in a very litiginous country like us here, can save many lives, or avoid certain lifelong disabilities that we do not usually see in the United States any more. Other examples I’ve seen include allowing U.S. medical students more hands on surgical experiences(which, in the U.S., would be reserved for more senior trainees such as interns or residents). I have also known a nurse who had stopped working to raise a family for years go overseas to volunteer to get some refresher course type experience that she could not have gotten in the U.S. easily. The lists go on. Where there is a will, there is a way.


We are in desperate need in Haiti as well.You the statitics already, no need to repeat them.I plan to go to Haiti next month to help.How can your organization help us? There’s a hospital in the southertn part of the country with equipement and manpower can deliver a lot to the population.


we are dieing over here ! if we are in need how/why could we give?


To Edward, a question concerning his comments about Dr. Charash. Exactly what are YOU doing to make this world a better place and to contribute to the greater good of mankind? Until you have shown the world some worthwhile effort on your part, your observation just belongs in the trash bin.


Dr. Charash in an off-handed way mentioned that there is a population explosion going on in some areas of Africa, to the extent that hospitals cannot keep up with said explosion. Why is there a population explosion? Has some outside body begun giving the area extra food, or is there some other reason?


If only the African leaders would care as much about their people as these kind doctors, who have kinship with the suffering people except for humanity, Africa would propel itself into the First World.

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