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Volunteer:
Dr. Deirdre Nunan
Country:
Ethiopia
Focus:
Health

Objective: Improving access to medical care.

As an Orthopedic Surgical Advisor at Asosa Hospital, my job is to help increase diagnosis of local cases and develop Continuing Medical Education. Asosa is a small rural hospital and we aim to provide excellence from the most basic level. I assist with surgeries and rounds, organize equipment and supplies, and demonstrate the cleanliness so critical to good care.

I’m also modelling respectful and compassionate care for marginal populations. I recently had a 50-year-old South Sudanese refugee come in from one of the refugee camps. He had a history of being treated with antibiotics for a joint infection inside his knee, but this kind of infection can’t be treated with antibiotics alone – it needs surgery. After we operated, he went from completely bedridden to walking around with a cane with his wife dancing and clapping behind him! It was incredibly gratifying and learning from this man’s case will help others in the future.

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