That Which Cannot be Remedied Must be Endured

  • Michael Babcock Shriners Hospitals for Children
Keywords: health, international social work, medical social work, Health, International Social Work, Medical Social Work

Abstract

Thousands of children from the Mexican state of Chihuahua live with debilitating neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  Most do not have access to affordable, quality specialty care.  To meet this need, a medical team from the United States conducted outreach clinics in Ciudad Juárez.  The team screened hundreds of children and identified those who could benefit from surgery and other charity care.  From the perspective of one medical social worker, this narrative describes the historyof the clinic, the challenges of providing international medical care where need constantly outpaces resources, and the reality of denying aid to the children who need it most.

Author Biography

Michael Babcock, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Senior Regional Director of Public Relations & Communication
Published
2017-05-16
Section
General Submissions