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TuesdayMarch2420157NORTHERNERSDOCTORSTHETREKISONCOMEJOINUSforour5kmfamilywalkonMarch292015attheFortSmithRecCentre.Kickoffis1200noon.PRIZESFOODFUNWWW.TOURETTE.CAContactKimBennettat621-0533formoreinformation.Pleaseleaveamessageat872-5543fordetails.WESCLEANNORTHERNSALESLTD.Ph867875-5100Fax867875-5155E-mailinfowescleannwt.comwebwww.wescleannwt.comSpayedNeuteredUp-to-datewithroutineshotsHousetrainedKitkatMaleAdultBrowntabbyLookingforanewhomeKitkatissoftandfriendlyandheneedsanewhome.Sogivehimabreakforgoodnesssake.PleasestopbyandmakeKitkatyournewpet.NewFortSmithdoctorveteranofwarzonesByDONJAQUEFortSmithsnewpermanentdoctorDr.SarahGileshastreatedpeopleincrisisandwarzonesonthreecontinentsinsomeofthemosttumultuousplacesontheplanet.InherfourteenmonthsworkingforM-decinsSansFrontiresMSF-translatedinEnglishasDoctorswithoutBorders-Dr.Gilesservedindangerousandpoliticallyun-stableplacesincludingMyanmarformerlyBurmawheresheworkedinconcentrationcampstreatingsomeofthemillionRohingyapeoplebeingheldthereaMuslimminoritypersecutedbythegovernmentforover60years.Shewastheonlyforeigndoctorwork-ingwiththreelocalphysicianstoprovidemuch-neededmedicalassistanceuntilMSFwaskickedoutbythegovernment.InSouthSudanincentralAfricawherecivilwarragesandchildsoldiersarecom-monsheworkedwiththeNuerpopulationoneoffourforeigndoctorsinaMSFhospi-talthatincluded211staff.ThehospitalwasovertakenbythewarandtheyhadtoeetoEthiopiaforrefuge.Shewassickafterthatwithvedifferentdiseasesandparasitesandspenttimeinandoutofhospital.ShereturnedtoCanadaandstayedwithhersisterinOttawatore-cuperate.Oncesheregainedherhealthsheansweredthecallagainandheadedforan-othertroublespottoservewithMSF.InPakistannextwhereshesaidransomkidnappingoflocaldoctorsiscommonalltheinternationalMSFstaffwereconnedtoaresidenceonthehospitalpremises.Inallthosesituationsdangerwasever-presentandsheandhercolleagueswereatriskandvulnerable.WhenweedforEthiopiawewereinboatsandpeoplewithmachinegunslookedliketheywantedourboatsshesaid.SevenbulletswereredthroughtheoperatingroomwallinPakistan.TheofcesinMyanmarwererebombedafterweleft.Dr.GilesdescribesMSFasthethird-larg-estmedicalcharityintheworldaftertheRedCrossandtheUnitedNations.Shesaideachplacementinvolvesalargeorganizationwitheldstaffadministrativepersonnelandalltherolesonewouldndinanyhospital.Weneedcleanwatersanitationlabs-nanceandmedications.Foreveryonedoctorwemighthave40otherpeople.Wemightbeworkingintentsormudhutsoraconcretebuildingwhateverisavailable.Thedoctorsgettheglorybutwearepartofalargeteam.Shesaidthecircumstancesareneversafebecausetheyarealmostalwaysincrisisorwarzonesituations.Whenanoperationissetupitrsthastobecarefullyvettedbyproj-ectcoordinatorsandtheynegotiatedealswithallsides.Weareofferingaservicethatbothsidesneedandtheyknowitshesaid.Weareneu-tral.Wenegotiatethathumanitarianspace.MSFdoesnothaveguardstheyhavewatch-menwhoarenotarmedbecausesomebodywillalwayshaveabiggergunandweneedacceptanceinordertodoourwork.Thesituationsarealwaysuidanditises-sentialtobewaryandconstantlywatchful.Thereisaconstantongoingconversation.Wehavetohavegoodqualityinformation.InSouthSudanIthinkwehadbetterintelligencethanthelocalUnitedNationsforce.AlongroundaboutwayfromTorontoIttakesaspecialpersontoputtheirlifeindangerformonthsatatimetohelpothers.Dr.GilessayssheworksforMSFbecauseofthechallengeandbecauseIcareaboutpeo-ple.Shecouldonlysupplyonephotographofherselffromherpostingsinotherpartsoftheworldbecauseimagesofthesituationsorotherworkersmightcompromisetheirsafety.Thoseunforgettableexperiencesareherre-centpast.SheisfromTorontobutleftthereatage19toattendDalhousieUniversityinHalifaxwhereaftereightyearsofstudysheattainedherMD.DuringthattimesheworkedintheNorthonseveraloccasions.Therstwasin1998whenshewasalifeguardonthelocalbeachinColvilleLake.Shelivedinarundownwoodenshedanddrewherwaterfromthelakenottheusualexperienceofayoungstudent.In2003sheworkedasamedicalstudentintheDehChocenteredinFortSimpsonandservingpeoplefromthecommunitiesintheregion.AfternishingherresidencyinfamilymedicinesheservedinnorthernOntarioiny-inmainlyAboriginalcommunities.NowsheisbackintheNWTbecauseshelovesitbutthatisslightlyqualied.EverydoctorwhoworksintheNWTisherebychoice.IcouldbepaidbetterandworkfewerhoursifIworkedinOntario.IamherebecauseIlovethepeopletheout-doorsandthechallenge.OpinionatedandgutsyAsonewouldexpectfromsomeonesocou-rageousanddedicatedtoservinghumanitywhochoosessuchademandinglifestyleDr.Gilesisveryopinionatedandhasnoqualmsaboutsayingwhatshethinks.Sheisprinci-pledworkingforthoseinneedcaringlit-tleaboutthemoney.Shesaidshegotpaid1300amonthworkingforMSFandchosetopay1000amonthforadisabilityinsur-ancepolicyleavingatake-homepayofabout300tocoverallexpenses.NowshedonatesapieceofhersalaryregularlytoMSF.Isawinfanticide.Isawtheeffectsofwomenthrownfromroofs.Isawwomenandchildrenwhohadbeenshot.Isawwomenmyagedieinchildbirth.InPakistanwhichhastheeighth-highestinfantmortalityintheworldweoftensawthreeneonataldeathsaday.Dr.SarahGilesOnecantrytoimaginesomeofthehorrorsDr.GilesencounteredandthedepthofherexperiencesasremovedastheyarefromtheCanadianwayoflifebuttohearherstoriesthatisnotpossible.Isawinfanticide.Isawtheeffectsofwomenthrownfromroofs.Isawwomenandchil-drenwhohadbeenshot.Isawwomenmyagedieinchildbirth.InPakistanwhichhastheeighth-highestinfantmortalityintheworldweoftensawthreeneonataldeathsaday.ForherthatputstheperceivedneedsofpeopleintheNorthinperspective.Asmuchaspeoplethinkthereisaneedherethereareplaceswherepeoplehavenothingandnooneshesaid.Canadiansingeneralhavenoideahowluckyweare.Weareextremelyfortunate.Peopleinthistowndonotappreci-atetheresourcesthatareavailabletothem.WhatthefuturehasinstoreInadditiontobeingapermanentdoctorinFortSmithaspartofhercontractshewilldosessionsasanemergencyphysicianatStantonHospitalinYellowknife.Thatwilllikelybeforafewdayseachmonth.Shewillbewell-suitedtotherolehavingexperiencedthattypeofworkintheworstofcircumstancesplusshewillknowmanyofthecommunitieswherethosepatientsarefrom.Shelikesthatitwillkeepherskillsnely-tuned.IwillseeacutecasestherewhichwillkeepmeonmytoesfortheworkIhavetodohereinFortSmith.Dr.Gileshasnolong-termplansandnoideahowlongshewillstayinFortSmithbutshedoesplantotakeperiodsoftimeofftodomorestintsforMSF.AskedwherethatmightbesherepliedInsomewarzoneorcrisis.Thereisnoshortageofthosethesedays.AnyoneinterestedinassistingDoctorsWithoutBorderscangotowww.msf.caPhotocourtesyofDr.SarahGilesDr.SarahGileswearstraditionalclothingwhileworkinginPakistan.