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Northern Ontario Book Fair

18 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON


Free entry. 



Northern Ontario Book Fair

18 Silver Street, Cobalt, ON


Free entry.



Canadian Conference on Global Health

Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon, Ottawa, ON

6pm-8pm. Panorama room.  

Books available for purchase, $20, cash/cheque. All proceeds going to the

NOSM Global Health Fund. 

Available now

Recounting medical missions in half of the thirty countries in which she has worked for the past twenty-five years — from Darfur in Sudan to Papua New Guinea and Bhutan — Dr. Gretchen Roedde shares the grim reality of world politics and bureaucratic red tape on the front lines in mother-and-child health and HIV/AIDS.

In this latest edition of A Doctor’s Quest, she tells the stories of the hopes of village women struggling to give birth safely, their often corrupt leaders, and countries trying to bring evil despots to justice. The book analyzes the slow progress in global maternal health, contrasting the affluence of the few with the precarious hold on survival of the world’s poorest, where economic realities force families to sell young girls into marriage at the age of thirteen to face higher risk of death from early child-bearing.

Available everywhere books are sold

A hopeful memoir that shares the author’s voyage of discovery as a mother, wife, and physician in underserved communities in northern Ontario.

In underserved areas of Canada, the communities themselves can be one of the strongest parts of the health care team. Dr. Gretchen Roedde shows how local communities play a major role in responding to illness, birth, and death, making each more meaningful and bearable.

In Deep Water Dream, Roedde recounts stories from her long career — working with a Cree community to develop a medical dictionary in their own language, training community-based health workers, and delivering Amish babies in her own home. Roedde redraws the boundaries between physician and community, strengthening the capacity to care for those close by, and offers a hopeful and powerful example to the rest of the world.