A Doctor's Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe by Gretchen RoeddeA Doctor's Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe by Gretchen Roedde

A Doctor's Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the Globe

byGretchen RoeddeForeword byJohn Evans

Paperback | September 8, 2012

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A doctor grapples with the challenges of mother and child health in the developing world.

Recounting medical missions in half of the thirty countries in which she has worked for the past twenty-five 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 thirteen to face higher risk of death from early child-bearing.

Gretchen Roedde has worked as a public health doctor in nearly thirty countries in the developing world for the past quarter-century, specializing in mother-and-child health and HIV/AIDS. She worked for the United Nations Population Fund in Ghana and Papua New Guinea to assess and promote progress in maternal health and has also been i...
Title:A Doctor's Quest: The Struggle for Mother and Child Health Around the GlobeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:September 8, 2012Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Amazing response" I am the author of this book. Iy was #6 on the Canadian bestseller list in the Globe and Mail Sept 1, and was bookmarked with a profile of the cover. This was 1 week before it officially was published. This was on the basis of pre-orders, mostly from United Church Women who had me speak to several groups over the summer to raise money for a maternal health project in Tanzania. The first book launch in my town of New Liskeard at Chat Noir Books sold 140 copies. The book went into a second print Sept. 14. Sept. 29 Catherine Porter profiled the book in the Toronto Star as a news item. I have received emails, phone calls, and invitations to speak. All the author's proceeds are going back into maternal and child health. At a recent booksigning event in Sudbury at Chapters, 2 nurses came up to me saying the books had transformed their career choices, and were looking for opportunities with MSF (Doctors Without Borders). Many churches and NGOs are asking how they can help. It has been a tremendous experience as a writer to have such positive feedback and to be part of raising money as well as awareness for mother and child health work in the third world. Dr. Gretchen Roedde
Date published: 2012-10-22

Table of Contents



Chapter One - I am Poor
(Uganda, Sudan)

Chapter Two - I Do Not Have the Freedom That You Have as a Woman
(Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana)

Chapter Three - One Day My Child Was Playing, the Next Day He Had Died
(Bangladesh, Ghana, Ethiopia)

Chapter Four - I Have No Education
(China, Botswana, Uganda)

Chapter Five - Why are Women Dying, Giving Life?
(Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Zambia, Tanzania, Papua
New Guinea)

Chapter Six - I am Tired of Seeing HIV as the Price of Wealth
(Tanzania, Papua New Guinea)

Chapter Seven - Where Are Our Leaders? Why Have They Forgotten Us?
(Malawi, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Global)

Chapter Eight - We Are Still Waiting

(Papua New Guinea)

White Mud Letter to a Dear Friend
(Papua New Guinea)


Author's Biography

Editorial Reviews

A Doctor's Quest is an engaging and well-written and sometimes even humorous read that offers DFATD employees a different perspective on the challenges faced by health care workers trying to make a difference in the MNCH field. - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFATD) newsletter