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February 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

African hospitals: The power of a single person

What a great idea to “take a break and applaud a hero” [“At 90, this doctor is still calling,” Opinion, Feb. 7]. To find such inspiration in the newspaper is wonderful.

Catherine Hamlin’s work in Ethiopia has saved lives, brought new techniques to save more, and even given a chance for those who were saved to pass on the favor. It also shows how powerful one person can be to make a difference.

Each of us has that power. As citizens of a free country, we elect our officials and then can tell them how to do their job. By doing this we have the power to bring about change, like ending hunger in our own backyard, where one in six people still needs help. Then we can go on to end hunger in the world that continues to lose more than 3 million children each year due to lack of nutrition.

Willie Dickerson, Snohomish

Comments | More in Health | Topics: Africa, Catherine Hamlin, Nicholas D. Kristof

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