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Gretchen Roedde has worked as a public health doctor in nearly thirty countries in the developing world for the past quarter-century, specializing in mother-and-child health and HIV/AIDS. She worked for the United Nations Population Fund in Ghana and Papua New Guinea to assess and promote progress in maternal health and has also been involved in projects for UNICEF in Botswana, World Vision in Bangladesh, and Rotary International in Malawi. Dr. Roedde lives in Haileybury, Ontario.


A Doctor's Quest offers a roller-coaster ride on a voyage into far-flung and sometimes dangerous territory, with thrills, spills, and occasional joy along the way.
*Olive Senior, author of Dancing Lessons, Working Miracles: Women's Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean, and Over the Roofs of the World*

This fine book demands, and deserves, slow and appreciative reading.
*Isabel Huggan, author of Belonging: Home Away from Home*

A Doctor’s Quest speaks in the voice of birthing women from the rural regions of 15 of the poorest countries around the world. Their tales of bravery in the face of delivering without trained birth attendants and the joys and the complications that occur are the substance of the book. Weave in the public health perspective on interrelated themes of literacy, contraception, health care delivery, rural health work shortage, social disruptions, sexual violence, inefficient health care systems and corruption, and the book becomes a compelling treatise on maternal health.

A Doctor’s Quest is an engaging and well-written and sometimes even humorous read that offers DFATD employees a different perspective on the challenges faced by health care workers trying to make a difference in the MNCH field.
*Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFATD) newsletter*

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