Our Doctors In The News

December 2012

Dr. Sharan Rahman generously donated $11,000 worth of medical equipment including a much needed colposcope, microscope, LEEP machine and cryosurgery device which will help us in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer. These items are waiting in our storage unit to go to Jamaica in November.  Dr. Rahman will be joining us on our March mission. The new storage unit makes it possible for us to collect donations like these and hold them until our next trip to Jamaica.

Boston University Alumni Magazine, Spring 2010

Alumna leads volunteer health organization – Missions to Jamaica and Tanzania Bring Medical care and Health Education

Missions to Jamaica and Tanzania bring medical care and health education

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NEW YORK TIMES February 2, 2009

"Weight Loss Reduces Incontinence in Women" By RONI CARYN RABIN

"Women often have a hard time controlling their weight after menopause. Around the same time in their lives, some women also start to experience embarrassing urine leaks and uncontrollable urges to go to the bathroom. The two problems appear to be related, and a new clinical trial reports that losing weight may help relieve incontinence" MIA volunteer, Dr. ELAINE WAETJEN, an associate professor of gynecology at University of California, Davis Health System is also quoted in this article.



Two ObGyns, "MIA" in the developing world, by Drs. DEBORAH CHONG and KAROLYNN ECHOLS written by Angela Sykes

"Our shared concern over the problem of shockingly high rates of maternal mortality led us to found Medicine in Action (simply, MIA) in 2005. This nonprofit, global organization provides medical and surgical care to people in developing countries, with a focus on women's health." MIA President, Dr. DEBORAH CHONG and MIA Vice President, Dr. KAROLYNN ECHOLS.


Articles about Medical Issues in the Areas in which we work

All November 29, 2011

Sex With HIV Positive Person on ARVs is Safe

The early treatment of people with HIV massively reduces their infectiousness and gives the world our first real opportunity to halt the HIV epidemic.

New York Times September 26, 2011

Safe Birth Kits to Reduce Infant Mortality

Babies arrive in this world on their own blissful schedules, regardless of war or natural disasters — or the availability of a doctor.


ALLAFRICA.COM September 28, 2011

Tanzania: Inadequate Medical Staff Challenge to Safe Motherhood

THE World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Atlas 2007 Report, records that Tanzania has one physician per 50,000 patients, naming it a lowest ratio of physician to patient in the world.


NEW YORK TIMES June 2, 2009

The Deadly Toll of Abortion by Amateurs, By DENISE GRADY

The article discusses the problem of illegal abortions in Tanzania. Many amateurs offer abortions to young women in secret who are put in serious danger by this practice. Link


NEW YORK TIMES May 24, 2009

Death in Birth: Where Life's Start Is a Deadly Risk By DENISE GRADY

"More than half of the 536,000 women who die each year in pregnancy and childbirth are in Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the deaths are preventable, with basic obstetrical care. Tanzania, with roughly 13,000 deaths annually, has neither the best nor the worst record in Africa. Although it is politically stable, it is also one of the world's poorest countries, suffering from almost every problem that contributes to high maternal death rates, shortages of doctors, nurses, drugs, equipment, roads and transportation."