Tuesday, July 8, 2008
I'm currently reading Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World. If you have any interest in international aid/relief, specifically medicine and health, I would recommend it highly. The focus of the book is Farmer's groundbreaking work in Haiti. This book is very provocative and even disturbing, but a worthwhile read. It was the perfect book for me to read while down here. Here's a few quotes I found interesting:
"If disease is an expression of individual life under unfavorable conditions, then epidemics must be indicative of mass disturbances of mass life."
"Medical education does not exist to provide students with a way of making a living, but to ensure the health of the community."
"The Haitians peasants answered with a proverb: 'Bondye Konn bay, men li pa konn separe,' in literal translation, "God gives but doesn't share." This meant, as Farmer would later explain it,
"God gives humans everything we need to flourish, but he's not the one who's supposed to divvy up the loot. That charge was laid upon us."
Would love to hear some thoughts....
Clinic update coming tomorrow. Thanks for reading.