Hope in Hell

Hope in Hell

Inside the the World of Doctors Without Borders

Book - 2004
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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.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, ON : Firefly Books, 2004
ISBN: 9781552978658
Branch Call Number: 610.601 BOR 2004 22
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. (some col.)


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Mar 04, 2013

One of things that strikes me from reading a book such as this is that it tends to make any immediate personal difficulties recede in comparison to the array of challenges faced in the field by the MSF staff and the populations they assist. I am not a donor to MSF, though I can appreciate their work. The book is by no means an attempt to belittle or guilt trip the reader.
It does cover a range of facets involving life in MSF. The types of people it attracts, the lifestyle of volunteers, and how they have trouble recuperating and readjusting to life at home after their experiences in the field. The final chapter sums up the viewpoint of the organization well as they accept the Nobel prize.

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