Malaria drug keeps nurse safe overseas

Malaria drug keeps nurse safe overseas

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Descriptions: "I went for an office visit at Trimark Physicians Group prior to going to another country."

Angie's List member Coby Raleigh's comments: "I saw Dr. Wallace prior to going to Liberia and Ghana to volunteer for six months. I found him to be knowledgeable about the medication I needed prescriptions for, but also open to suggestions. I preferred to take doxycycline for malaria prevention rather than Lariam, and he accommodated this request after verifying that it's acceptable for that region. Because I was leaving to go overseas, I was uninsured at the time, so he worked with me on a payment plan."

Raleigh always knew she wanted to do something that made a difference in other people's lives. She found her calling as a registered nurse, and later took a volunteer position with Mercy Ships — a global charity that operates the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world.

The Iowa native found Mercy Ships while searching for volunteering opportunities, but chose to dedicate her time to them after finding their philosophy of "delivering hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor" mirrored her personal beliefs. "I've always felt strongly about relieving pain and suffering," she says. "But I also wanted to be able to empower people to make a better life for themselves."

Raleigh says Mercy Ships does just that. During her stint, Raleigh was aboard the Anastasis, with a crew of more than 350 other health care providers, representing more than 30 nations. The floating hospital houses the crew, three fully equipped operating rooms, a 40-bed hospital ward, a dental clinic, a laboratory and an X-ray unit. The cruise liners travel primarily to South American and African countries and perform surgeries for things like cleft palette and cataracts in their state- of-the-art facilities.

And, Raleigh says they also offer literacy and medical training and even help build wells for countries like Liberia, where she volunteered for six months.

"There were a lot of people in need of attention," says Raleigh, who is currently back in school to become a nurse practitioner. "I'm eager to get back there and do as much good as I can."

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