Archive - November 25, 2014

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Review — OUTPOST by Chris Hill (Cameroon 1974-76)
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“Health Justice for Volunteers” urges comments to the NYTimes on Castle Article
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New York Times reports on Inspector General’s Evaluation of Medical Care for PCV Nick Castle

Review — OUTPOST by Chris Hill (Cameroon 1974-76)

Chris Hill (Cameroon 1974-76) begins his new book: Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy by telling his favorite story, his account of how as a PCV in Cameroon he tried to overhaul a corrupt credit union only to have his efforts rejected, largely because he did not understand the community’s internal dynamics and culture. What happened was something like this, Chris discovered that one board of directors had stolen 60 percent of their members’ money. He reported this to the members, who promptly re-elected them because the board reflected carefully balanced tribal interests and it really didn’t matter to the members if the board directors ran a good credit union or not. Hill said the lesson was that “When something’s happened, it’s happened for a reason and you do your best to understand that reason. But don’t necessarily think you can change it.” In his book he then sums up, “Years later, . . .

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“Health Justice for Volunteers” urges comments to the NYTimes on Castle Article

Nancy Tongue is the RPCV who found the advocacy organization, Health Justice for Volunteers.  Here is the email she has sent to her supporters: Hi Everyone, Sheryl Stolberg did another article about the death of Nick Castle based on the inspector general’s report that shows a cascade of poor care for him. She again interviewed me and others in our group but again the NYT cut her comments out so as to focus on Nick and issues in the field. PLEASE send a two paragraph 150 word statement, if you’d like, to the NYT and let’s see if we can get some press. I will be doing the same, as I did the last time but you must do it QUICKLY! Here’s today’s article: http://nyti.ms/1yOYkJE Here is the prior article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/26/world/asia/peace-corps-death-china-medical-missteps.html?_r=0 Here are the instructions for sending in an editorial. It’s very easy. You can say you are a member . . .

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New York Times reports on Inspector General’s Evaluation of Medical Care for PCV Nick Castle

Nick Castle was a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in China. He died while under the care of the Peace Corps doctor. There has been much controversy over the medical treatment that Castle received. His family has filed suit against the Peace Corps, charging that his death was avoidable. The New York Times  published an article, “Trail of Medical Missteps in Peace Corps Death“, July 25, 2014, detailing the events leading up to Castle’s death. The Inspector General of the Peace Corps has now completed her evaluation of the care that PCV Castle received immediately before his death. That report has not been released to the public.The New York Times has published a new article, by Sheryl Gay Stolberg, following up on the earlier article. and does includes the statement that the Inspector General found ““cascading delays and failures in the treatment” of Mr. Castle. To read the entire NYTimes article, . . .

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