Dispatches from the Africa Mercy #5: Crossing the Bridge

Notes from the field

In his final dispatch aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship, Dr. Sherif Emil reflects upon the lessons to be learned in serving others.

Dispatches from the Africa Mercy #4: Irene of Montreal

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In his fourth dispatch aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship (currently in Douala, Cameroon), Dr. Sherif Emil writes about Irene Blotsky who volunteers in the ship’s kitchen because, even though she retired after 35 years as a nurse, still wants to help people.

Dispatches from the Africa Mercy #3: Angels of Mercy

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In his third dispatch aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship (currently in Douala, Cameroon), Dr. Sherif Emil writes about the ship’s nursing staff. Pulled together from around the world, many have put their careers on hold while they volunteer their services.

Dispatches from the Africa Mercy #2: Transformations

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In his second dispatch aboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship (currently in Douala, Cameroon), Dr. Sherif Emil writes about the Dress Ceremony, in which women who had been isolated and ostracized because of a medical condition called vesicovaginal fistula, symbolically don new dresses after life-altering surgery has cured them.

Dispatches from the Africa Mercy #1: If you want to go far…

Notes from the field

Dr. Sherif Emil is a pediatric surgeon at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatric surgery at McGill. Dr. Sharif is currently in Douala, Cameroon, on his third mission to the Africa Mercy. The Africa Mercy is the world’s largest civilian hospital ship dedicated to bringing hope and healing to tens of thousands of the world’s impoverished populations.

On shawarmas, soiled diapers and Inuktitut folk songs

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With wit and eloquence, Harry Kim, an undergraduate student in Microbiology and Immunology, writes about his four-week research project to Iqaluit and Kuujjuaq where he was investigating enteric infections among young children in the Arctic.

Searching for Arctic pollinators

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Just finishing his first year as Dean of Students, Chris Buddle could probably use a little downtime, right? Well, for the award-winning researcher and professor in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, downtime means heading to the Arctic tundra to study pollination with graduate student, Vinko Culjak Mathieu.

BrainReach North Visits Odanak Science Fair

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Scott Holmes, fifth year PhD student and a member of the Integrated Program in Neuroscience’s BrainReach North program writes about the inspiring students he met at this year’s Odanak Science Fair. The Fair attracted students from 16 aboriginal communities, ranging as far North as the Quataq community in Canada’s arctic and as far South as the Kanesataka community in the Southwest of Quebec.

Collective entrepreneurship for a better future

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Report from the third annual Global Social Economy Forum, held in Montreal from September 7 to 9, 2016. More than 1,300 participants from 60-plus countries – including more than 30 mayors – discussed how cities can benefit from collaboration between local governments and social and solidarity economy actors.

A heartfelt summer internship at Harvard

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Second-year med student Laurianne Rita Garabed writes about her summer internship at the Boston Children’s Hospital working under the mentorship of a pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. Pedro del Nido, Chief of Cardiac Surgery.