The Book

Recounting medical missions

in half of the 30 countries in which she has worked for the past 25 years in Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific — from Darfur in Sudan to Papua New Guinea and Bhutan — Dr. Gretchen Roedde shares the grim reality of world politics and bureaucratic red tape on the front lines as a doctor in mother and child health and HIV/AIDS.

A Doctor’s Quest tells the stories of the hopes of village women struggling to give birth safely, their often corrupt leaders, and countries trying to bring evil despots to justice. The book analyzes the slow progress in global maternal health, contrasting the affluence of the few with the precarious hold on survival of the world’s poorest, where economic realities force families to sell young girls into marriage at the age of 13 to face higher risk of death from early child-bearing.

1 Comment

  1. Dr. Kwadwi Mensah
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 09:15:04

    Gretchen

    Your book is simply amazing. The level of detail of the stories about Ghana are so lifelike (and I imagine it will be similar to the other countries) that it is difficult to put the book down once you start reading. Congratulations.

    Dr. Kwadwo Mensah
    Management Consultant
    Yak Aky Consultancy Services

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