Episode 024: John Lawrence, Doctors Without Borders, and Syria
A simple field hospital in Syria. Flickr: FreedomHouse
Syria is in the midst of a civil war. As a measure of the seriousness of the situation, a Reuters report out recently says that the war has claimed the lives of 115,000 people. And with 5000 of those deaths in September alone, it seems as though international pressure to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons hasn't slowed the war down at all. The UN reports that only twelve international aid organizations are approved by Syrian officials to work in country. One of those is Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres. This time on The Short Coat Podcast, we welcome back Dr. John Lawrence, pediatric surgeon and associate professor of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. and formerly of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Lawrence has performed six surgical missions working with MSF, and he's come to Iowa to talk about Syria, from which he's recently returned. Not long ago, medical students Jessica Gaulter, Katherine Ryken, and Ethan Forsgren sat down to talk with him about his experiences with MSF and in Syria.