Dr. Adrian Hopkins
“In Congo during the civil war, we set up an ophthalmology
training center in Kinshasa, and it’s still going. People began
to think, let’s not destroy our healthcare or our education or
other services we need. Instead, let’s try for peace and build
Water, Women, and Oneness
“We believe water and sanitation are a human right.
We recognize that health is not the only outcome of
access to water especially for women. Women are
educated at a much higher rate if they don’t have to
collect water. WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene)
tries to articulate that our work reaches beyond health
into education, human rights, safety and security,
and privacy and dignity.”
Dr. Abhay Bang
Act Locally, Impact Globally
“Decisions made in global health that are not grounded
in compassion often become inappropriate, insensitive
to local needs. We must be sensitive to local people
who are the recipients of global healthcare.
To be sensitive we need compassion. To be good
listeners we need compassion.”
Dr. Gail Davey
“Something that’s shaped my enjoyment and desire
to continue working in the field of podoconiosis has
been my sense of compassion and social justice.
To live justly and show mercy, those are two ideals
for many faiths. They certainly speak to me daily,
and have informed my work so far.”
Jonathan Rout, CASA
Compassionate Leg Washing
"When washing the legs of patients I need to touch the patient,
to have body-to-body contact. Lymphatic Filariasis is not a
contagious disease so we wash with our bare hands.
Our patients become very emotional and cry when we touch them.
They tell us that no one has ever touched their feet in a
caring manner; rather, they are usually shunned and kept
out of sight due to shame from their families."
Dr. LeAnne Fox
"When I am working with individuals with lymphedema
and elephantiasis, I see compassion in global health
firsthand. People with swollen legs oftentimes feel
isolated and stigmatized by their communities.
In addition, it is hard for them to stand, walk, and work.
The opportunity to contribute to creating a world where
no one will suffer from this disease in the future is very
exciting for me."
Dr. Bill Foege
Seeing the Faces
“In epidemiology you are oftentimes dealing with graphs
or tables or numbers… so it’s important to be grounded
and to see the faces.”
Dr. David Satcher
What Can I Do For Others
“I care about global health because I care about people
and because people have cared about me. I would not
be here today if it were not for the caring and
compassion of other people.”