Making a difference
Oxfam's Rhona MacDonald discusses how doctors can help end global poverty and introduces Oxdocs, an Oxfam initiative for doctors and medical students
Have you ever had an experience that is of such importance that you now view your life in terms of before and after the event? The latest for the whole world was the devastating tsunami (earthquake floods) that struck millions of unsuspecting people in South East Asia on 26 December 2004, killing over 250 000 and leaving millions of survivors homeless. But then you would have had to be in hibernation if you did not know about that.
In keeping with events of such importance, you will frequently hear that we are now living in the post-tsunami era. This is much more than a phrase coined to refer to the current massive humanitarian relief effort in the areas affected: it also refers to the change in people's attitudes after this landmark event.
As Barbara Stocking, the director of Oxfam, said, “The tsunami was one of the world's most tragic natural