A Doctor Duo in Burundi

IMG_7186They could be making good money in the United States.

Drs. Eric and Rachel McLaughlin have chosen instead to spend themselves not only on treating the poorest of the poor, but on training the next generation of doctors in a country that is called the hungriest nation on the planet by the World Hunger Index. At the time of this interview, there were only 300 doctors in a country of over 10 million inhabitants. That’s one doctor for every 33, 333 people. By comparison, in the US there are 82 doctors for the same number of people.

The name of the hospital where they work, 2.5 hours’ drive from the capital city, is Kibuye Hope Hospital, with the operative word being hope. You’ll hear about some of the challenges Eric and Rachel face on a daily basis as they work to bring that hope to a desperately poor corner of the world, all while raising their three children.

Eric is also a songwriter, and has recently released an entire album of songs written since their arrival in Africa three years ago. You can find a link to Eric’s music, available for FREE download, here, along with some of his reflections.

 

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One Response to A Doctor Duo in Burundi

  1. Debbie Rimbo May 8, 2016 at 1:49 am #

    Rachel is my cousin & I am so proud to have her & Eric as members of my family. We pray for them constantly & always look forward to their blog updates about their work there. Thank you for writing this article!

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