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.
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About the Author
Gretchen Roedde has worked as a public health doctor in nearly thirty countries in the developing world for the past quarter-century, specializing in mother-and-child health and HIV/AIDS. She worked for the United Nations Population Fund in Ghana and Papua New Guinea to assess and promote progress in maternal health and has also been involved in projects for UNICEF in Botswana, World Vision in Bangladesh, and Rotary International in Malawi. Dr. Roedde lives in Haileybury, Ontario.
Table of Contents
Chapter One – I am Poor
Chapter Two – I Do Not Have the Freedom That You Have as a Woman
(Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana)
Chapter Three – One Day My Child Was Playing, the Next Day He Had Died
(Bangladesh, Ghana, Ethiopia)
Chapter Four – I Have No Education
(China, Botswana, Uganda)
Chapter Five – Why are Women Dying, Giving Life?
(Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Zambia, Tanzania, Papua
Chapter Six – I am Tired of Seeing HIV as the Price of Wealth
(Tanzania, Papua New Guinea)
Chapter Seven – Where Are Our Leaders? Why Have They Forgotten Us?
(Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Global)
Chapter Eight – We Are Still Waiting
(Papua New Guinea)
White Mud Letter to a Dear Friend
(Papua New Guinea)