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66 Book review. A Doctor’s Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe Peter Hutten-Czapski, MD [full text]

 

Article written by Elizabeth Payne in the Ottawa Citizen in December of 2012.  The link is no longer available.  This is the article;

Ottawa Citizen A foot soldier for maternal health Sat Dec 8  2012 Page: B6 Section: Editorial Byline: Elizabeth Payne Column: Elizabeth Payne Source: Ottawa Citizen
Gretchen Roedde was a general practitioner in a small northern Ontario town when, in 1987, she received a phone call that would change her life – and the lives of countless mothers and babies in some of the poorest parts of the world…
…Roedde, now 60, will be at Perfect Books in Ottawa Sunday to launch her book, A Doctor’s Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe, about her career as a hands-on maternal health physician. Joining her will be NDP MP Charlie Angus and human rights activist Mariah Griffin to, among other things, talk about the House’s recent defeat of a private member’s bill that would have made it easier for Canada’s generic drug companies to get HIV/AIDS drugs to developing countries, something she calls “very discouraging.”…
… In short, Roedde has the kind of sleeves-rolled-up experience that would be valuable for Canadian officials who, in 2008, made reducing maternal death rates a priority, leading a G8 push to renew efforts to reduce maternal mortality around the world and committing more than $1 billion to the cause.
But Canadian officials probably won’t benefit from her expertise.
Roedde has not worked with Canada in recent years, …
…”I haven’t worked for Canada for some time. We used to have a good reputation internationally. We don’t anymore,” she said bluntly in a telephone interview.
…Roedde notes that such a policy means countries get Canadian aid based on their natural resources…
… “Weamong other things, talk about the House’s recent defeat of a private member’s bill that would have made it easier for Canada’s generic drug companies to get HIV/AIDS drugs to developing countries, something she calls “very discouraging.”…
… In short, Roedde has the kind of sleeves-rolled-up experience that would be valuable for Canadian officials who, in 2008, made reducing maternal death rates a priority, leading a G8 push to renew efforts to reduce maternal mortality around the world and committing more than $1 billion to the cause.
But Canadian officials probably won’t benefit from her expertise.
Roedde has not worked with Canada in recent years, …
…”I haven’t worked for Canada for some time. We used to have a good reputation internationally. We don’t anymore,” she said bluntly in a telephone interview.
…Roedde notes that such a policy means countries get Canadian aid based on their are giving money to groups and countries where we have business interests, not where the maternal mortality rate is high.”
…Still, she says, Canadian companies can play a role in helping to improve health and mitigate the negate health effects they have on developing countries…
“Mining equals AIDs,” she says. “(You have) the dynamic of having a bunch of men away from their families and sex workers crowding around.”…..
… Roedde, like others who work in maternal health, says family planning is the key to reducing maternal death rates around the world…
…  “World leaders have agreed we aren’t on track to reduce the deaths of pregnant women and their newborn children and that we need to commit to action,” she writes in the book. “We are still waiting to see if the right actions will be taken.”……
Elizabeth Payne is a member of the Citizen’s editorial board. Gretchen Roedde will be at Perfect Books on Elgin Street, 5-7 p.m. Sunday.

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