Medicine: Operating In Danger Zones

Volunteer doctors and nurses risk their lives to treat the suffering in the world's trouble spots

A small convoy of Toyota Landcruisers escorted by armed rebels threads its way over a mountain pass in northern Ethiopia. In the vehicles are members of a European medical team on their way to staff a hospital in territory captured by guerrillas. Thousands of miles away another medical corps travels with a caravan of packhorses through rugged terrain into Afghanistan. There its members will treat victims of the war between the Afghan resistance and the Soviet-backed government. At a headquarters building in Paris, shortwave-radio antennas turn toward Africa. A faraway voice reports that a cholera epidemic has struck refugees fleeing Mozambique's...

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