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Can I help you?

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:202
  1. Robert Todd Scott, retired GP, Glasgow (,
  2. Jane Bates, manager, Tiyanjane Clinic,
  3. Jessica Mack, programme manager, palliative care
  1. Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi

    So, you want to work for a few weeks, maybe as an “expert,” in a developing country? Fine. Drawing on our experiences of both giving and receiving such help in several sub-Saharan countries, we can give some tips on making your trip a success.

    • Get real—Don't expect to make a big difference. You won't. If you're lucky, you might make a tiny one.

    • Be self sufficient—Don't expect to be looked after. Attending to the needs of visitors …

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