Hope in Hell: Inside the the World of Doctors Without Borders

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Firefly Books, 2004 - Medical - 304 pages

Gripping accounts of medical workers who volunteer to serve in some of the world's most dangerous hotspots.

The humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders, (also known as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF) delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and those who lack reliable health care. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer doctors, nurses, and other professionals join locally-hired staff to provide medical aid in more than eighty countries.

At the forefront are the volunteer doctors who risk their lives to perform surgery, establish or rehabilitate hospitals and clinics, run nutrition and sanitation programs, and train local medical personnel. This book follows these volunteer doctors as they risk their health and lives to treat patients in desperate need.

Combining engaging text with dramatic color photographs from around the world, Hope in Hell examines the lives of individual MSF volunteer medical professionals.

Topics include:

  • Performing emergency surgery in the war torn regions of Africa and Asia
  • Understanding cultural customs and societal differences that affect health care
  • Witnessing and reporting genocidal atrocities.

Also, the most recent world events are explored and how MSF is reacting to them. These include the challenges of delivering aid during the Rwandan massacre and the controversial decision to criticize the U.S. for delivering humanitarian aid to Afghan citizens while at war.

The book also covers the raucous founding of Doctors Without Borders in 1971 as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and publicly bear witness to the plight of the populations they served. In 1999, the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hope in Hell is a fascinating and often harrowing account of the men and women who struggle to improve the lives of people in desperate need.

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

An interesting story of MSF, told with reference to the stories of the expats themselves. This book was most interesting when it told the stories of the people, without dwelling too long on major themes. A light read, but pleasant. Lots of photos, for those so inclined. Read full review

Hope In Hell: Inside The World Of Doctors Without Borders

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Few books have been written about Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF), which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. This international humanitarian group (better known in America as Doctors Without Borders ... Read full review

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Dan Bortolotti is a writer whose work appears in books and magazines throughout North America. He is the author of Exploring Saturn, Tiger Rescue and Panda Rescue.

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