Dr. Gody’s Grand Gesture

“It is not the time and place to be pessimistic,” says Jean Chrysostome Gody, director of the Central African Republic’s only pediatric hospital.

His core contribution: As years of fighting left the country in tatters, Gody stayed behind and designed a program that just graduated the country’s first-ever class of pediatricians. Under his leadership, the Bangui Pediatric Hospital has doubled its capacity with a new malnutrition wing.

Mortality is down at the hospital, but myriad hurdles remain. His next goals: expanding his hospital model countrywide and ensuring there’s a qualified replacement by the time he retires.

The New York Times

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