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01 August 2011

Doctor in the desert

In a dusty rural town in Africa's unforgiving Sahara desert a Johannesburg-born doctor, Prinitha Pillay worked tirelessly to aid a community ravaged by decades of conflict.

In a make-shift hospital in a dusty rural town in Africa's unforgiving Sahara desert a Johannesburg-born doctor, Prinitha Pillay worked tirelessly to aid a community ravaged by decades of conflict.

The hospital comprised of a few brick buildings and some tents - no electricity, no running water – from which she, and her medical team (a nurse and midwife) served a community of around 135,000 people. "We also had national staff that kept the dispensary going – five medical assistants who were able to prescribe drugs with some, but limited, training," explains Prinitha.

 
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