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Author(s): Dr. Glenn Geelhoed

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When the world's remotest populations need medical care and training, Mission to Heal takes the operating rooms to them-no matter how far away they are. Dr. Glenn W. Geelhoed is a medical doctor, humanitarian, and the founder of Mission to Heal (M2H), an organization through which he has conducted medical mission trips around the globe for over forty years. Using mobile surgery units made from repurposed rugged vehicles, M2H provides needed surgery to some of the world's most destitute people in some of the most desolate places on the planet. Just as -or even more-important is the crucial surgical training M2H provides to local citizens so that they can take over after Dr. Geelhoed and his teams move on to their next mission. Furthest Peoples First tracks Dr. Glenn Geelhoed's latest missions in three African transects during the first seven months of 2019. Humanity and humility underscore the essence of M2H's efforts to reach the neediest first. With powerful stories of overland treks and culturally rich photojournalism, Dr. Geelhoed shares the people he met and the challenges his team faced-and the determination, patience, and partnerships that make his work successful, rewarding, and essential. Readers will be surprised, shocked-and uplifted-by how this team persevered in the face of countless unimaginable obstacles. The title Furthest Peoples First refers to individuals and groups who are the furthest from care and whom the author considers his primary focus. The resourcefulness of the furthest peoples embodies the hope they have for their own progress. Dr. Geelhoed believes that this hope should be enhanced through education and training and not be smothered by handouts, takeovers, or a one-size-fits-all standardization of medical care from first-world redundancy. Dr. Geelhoed received his BS and AB from Calvin College and his MD cum laude from the University of Michigan. He completed his surgical internship and residency through Harvard University at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital Medical Center. To continue his work of creating further volunteer surgical services in underserved areas of the developing world, he completed master's and doctoral degrees in international affairs, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, anthropology, tropical medicine, educational leadership, and philosophy.

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General Fields

  • : 9781626347427
  • : GREENLEAF BOOK GROUP LP
  • : GREENLEAF PUBLISHING
  • : October 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dr. Glenn Geelhoed
  • : BGTA