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Furthest Peoples First: M2H's Mission to Teach Mobile Surgical Care for Africa's Sick, Poor, and Remote

Furthest Peoples First: M2H's Mission to Teach Mobile Surgical Care for Africa's Sick, Poor, and Remote

by Glenn Geelhoed

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Overview

When the world’s remotest populations need medical care and training, Mission to Heal takes the operating rooms to them—no matter how far away they are.

Dr. Glenn W. Geelhoed is a medical doctor, humanitarian, and the founder of Mission to Heal (M2H), an organization through which he has conducted medical mission trips around the globe for over forty years. Using mobile surgery units made from repurposed rugged vehicles, M2H provides needed surgery to some of the world’s most destitute people in some of the most desolate places on the planet. Just as —or even more—important is the crucial surgical training M2H provides to local citizens so that they can take over after Dr. Geelhoed and his teams move on to their next mission.

Furthest Peoples First tracks Dr. Glenn Geelhoed’s latest missions in three African transects during the first seven months of 2019. Humanity and humility underscore the essence of M2H’s efforts to reach the neediest first. With powerful stories of overland treks and culturally rich photojournalism, Dr. Geelhoed shares the people he met and the challenges his team faced—and the determination, patience, and partnerships that make his work successful, rewarding, and essential. Readers will be surprised, shocked—and uplifted—by how this team persevered in the face of countless unimaginable obstacles.

The title Furthest Peoples First refers to individuals and groups who are the furthest from care and whom the author considers his primary focus. The resourcefulness of the furthest peoples embodies the hope they have for their own progress. Dr. Geelhoed believes that this hope should be enhanced through education and training and not be smothered by handouts, takeovers, or a one-size-fits-all standardization of medical care from first-world redundancy.

Dr. Geelhoed received his BS and AB from Calvin College and his MD cum laude from the University of Michigan. He completed his surgical internship and residency through Harvard University at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To continue his work of creating further volunteer surgical services in underserved areas of the developing world, he completed master’s and doctoral degrees in international affairs, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, anthropology, tropical medicine, educational leadership, and philosophy.

Dr. Geelhoed has received numerous recognitions for his work in global healthcare, including the prestigious humanitarian award for outreach to the underserved from the American College of Surgeons, one of the highest honors in the surgical field. He is professor of surgery and international medical education at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, and is a member of numerous medical, surgical, and international academic societies. Dr. Geelhoed is also an avid game hunter and runner.

He has completed more than 165 marathons across the globe, and he is a widely published author, credited with several books and more than 800 published journal articles. When he is not on overseas M2H missions, he resides at his home in Derwood, Maryland, and enjoys spending time with his two sons and five grandchildren.

With the proceeds from this book, the author hopes to sustain, support, and institutionalize M2H’s vital work and attract volunteers to join him in that work and his educational efforts. To learn more about Dr. Geelhoed, M2H, and how you can participate in or contribute to future missions, please visit www.missiontoheal.org.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626347427
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Geelhoed received his BS and AB cum laude from Calvin College and MD cum laude from the University of Michigan. He completed his surgical internship and residency through Harvard University at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

To assist in developing further volunteer surgical services in underserved areas of the developing world, Dr. Geelhoed completed masters degrees in international affairs, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, anthropology, and a philosophy degree in human sciences.

He works as a professor of surgery at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington D.C. and is a member of numerous medical, surgical, and international academic societies. He is an avid game hunter and runner and has completed more than 135 marathons across the globe. He is a widely published author accredited with several books and more than 500 published journal articles and chapters in books. He has two sons and five grandchildren.

Notable awards and appointments he has received include the following—
• Humanitarian of the Year, GEORGE Magazine
• Volunteerism Award for International Outreach, American College of Surgeons
• Faculty Distinguished Service Award, George Washington University Medical School
• Inductee, Académie de Chirurgie de Paris
• Past President, Washington Academy of Surgeons
• Traveling Scholar, James IV Association of Surgeons
• Senior Fulbright Scholar

Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Preface xxi

Part 1 First Transect of Africa 1

Chapter 1 Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! 2

Chapter 2 One Kilometer at a Time 11

Chapter 3 Deo Volente 20

Chapter 4 An Infinite Threshold for Frustration 30

Chapter 5 The Pool of Siloam 38

Chapter 6 The Universal Call of Africa 45

Chapter 7 Knee-Deep 52

Chapter 8 Just One More Case 61

Chapter 9 A Successful Transition 68

Chapter 10 Pre-Mission Scouting 77

Chapter 11 Furthest Peoples First 88

Chapter 12 Business as Usual 93

Part 2 Second Transect of Africa 99

Chapter 13 Pot of Gold 100

Chapter 14 A Mission Well Accomplished 111

Chapter 15 Getting There Is Half the Fun! 121

Chapter 16 An Unqualified Success 128

Chapter 17 The Makings of a Good Story 139

Chapter 18 In Good Hands 146

Chapter 19 Our Next Adventure 151

Part 3 Third Transect of Africa 163

Chapter 20 Humanity with Humility 164

Chapter 21 Shooting the Moon 174

Chapter 22 A Perfect Storm 178

Chapter 23 Roosters and Rolexes 183

Chapter 24 Le Vrai Afrique 192

Chapter 25 Great Joy 197

Chapter 26 Many Gifts 203

Part 4 Reflections from M2H Participants 215

Part 5 Our Mission to Heal 247

How You can Help 265

Acknowledgments 267

Index 269

About the Author 285

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