Book Review: Healing Our World – Inside Doctors Without Borders

Update coming: I’ll be updating this, probably under a new title, after interviewing David today, March 17.


My friend David Morley, for seven years the Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (Canada) and now President and C.E.O. of Save the Children Canada, has released a book chronicling some of his experiences with the Nobel Prize-winning MSF.

It is, at 120 pages and in good-sized font, very accessible to young and old alike and, in fact, would serve well as a manual for anyone, from school children on up, considering a volunteer position or career in MSF or similar endeavour.

David has been in the field, and the book includes some of his journal entries and photographs, as MSF has responded, both proactively and in the face of unexpected calamity, to people impacted by AIDS, civil wars, tsunamis and other natural disasters. MSF I count among my heroes.

The publisher, both in Canada and the U.S.A., Fitzhenry & Whiteside highlights, on the book jacket, a quote from David which I’ll repeat here:

“When I tell friends at home about my missions with Doctors Without Borders, they often say to me, ‘It must be so depressing.’ But it doesn’t feel depressing. Working with Doctors Without Borders, I get a chance to make things better for people who are suffering and need medical care. Our volunteers don’t have to sit by helplessly, wondering what on earth we can do. The gift of action is ours.”

Again, the book is called Healing Our World – Inside Doctors Without Borders. It’s by David Morley and is published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. I enthusiastically endorse it!

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