Sarah is a GP from the UK, on assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Chad, Africa's fifth largest country. She blogs about a series of patient interactions she found desperately frustrating, highlighting how cultural traditions and beliefs can impact peoples' health.
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"I had anticipated my first journey to Bajaur to be nerve-wrecking. I had even prepared myself to feel scared. After all, my choice of going to a far and remote area had been questioned multiple times by myself and others."
'I’m on my way Masengbeh, to one of the health posts MSF is supporting in Sierra Leone. The journey is 30 minutes from the health centre in a land cruiser, 25 on a motorbike, and several hours on foot. Joining me are two Johns; our logistician assistant and our health promoter. Some of the staff complain about the road being uncomfortable.'
I’m impatient to see the country that I love again and terrified it won’t be that country any more; desperate to be there already to help in whatever way I can and desperately wishing that help wasn’t needed.