A Global Coalition of Good

Whether doing surgeries in Africa or bringing dance to tough local neighborhoods, many are helping

Stephen M. Katz / Physicians for Peace

An Eritrean mother waits anxiously as PFP volunteer Dr. Mark Helbraun (center), a colorectal surgeon from Closter, N.J., works with an Eritrean doctor to treat the woman's young daughter.

As our world has become an interconnected village, community service has gone global as well. More and more Americans are ambassadors of goodwill, no longer content to let Washington alone define our nation's links to the world. Every day I learn about another inspiring and ingenious effort by Americans to make connections, share some know-how and improve the world.

Geoffrey Tabin, an accomplished American ophthalmologist, sent me an e-mail recently reporting on the week he spent in a poor village in Ghana, in West Africa. "We examined 4,600 people and documented their visual status, refractive errors and any pathology or disease,"...

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