Doctor’s lessons from Haiti, Turkey, Ukraine border

Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 14:32 in Psychology & Sociology

When Harvard physician Morgan Broccoli landed in Turkey in February, she noted two things. The first was the sheer scale of devastation caused by the Feb. 6 earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, which killed more than 50,000, injured more than 112,0000, and left more than 1.5 million homeless and in need of humanitarian assistance. The second was the enormity of the search-and-rescue process underway. “There were so many teams from all over the world going through these collapsed buildings — it was amazing to see.” Transformative trip Broccoli did not originally intend to go into disaster and humanitarian work. An emergency doctor and clinical fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, most of her work had focused on healthcare systems strengthening and education. That is, until 2021, when she was offered a place on a trip to Haiti with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit disaster relief organization. Haiti had been hit with a...

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