The sound of silence: global health challenges from the front

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The Medical Journal of Australia
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Vol. 197, Iss. 6-17, pp. 351-352

There are no sirens. Nor is the silence disrupted by the rush of feet or frantic blue lights. Instead, our enduring patients arrive at the hospital gates on foot, most having travelled for many hours, if not days, through the unrelenting 40° C heat; the privileged cling to motorcycles already laden with firewood and kitchen utensils in anticipation of a prolonged admission...