Hand on my Heart

Considering work abroad? Then we recommend you read the experiences of Dr. Maureen Mayhew, who shares a decade of work with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan.

Considering work abroad? Then we recommend you read the experiences of Dr. Maureen Mayhew, who shares a decade of work with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. In her book, Hand on my Heart: A Canadian Doctor’s Awakening in Afghanistan, Dr Mayhew offers a deeply compassionate perspective of Afghanistan peoples as she finds community, shares in their humanity, and discovers more about herself throughout her experiences. Dr. Mayhew describes how her choice to learn the local language allowed her to treat trauma, teach contraception, and gather public health data by engaging with the community within which she was embedded. Dr. Mayhew’s intimate interactions with this caring and culturally proud people allowed her a very unique and compelling perspective of Afghanistan and its peoples. The author’s precise descriptions of her decision-making in interactions with those she encountered offers poignant insights into how to navigate cultural ‘difference’ in a way that is curious and respectful. In narrating her ability to find similarities despite cultural differences, Dr Mayhew’s book offers an enriching read for anyone interested in global health!

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