SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Two local doctors who have traveled the world to bring medicine and medical training to developing countries will share their stories at the Southborough Library on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Philip Sandler, a retired psychiatrist and member of the Brookline Rotary Club, will discuss his recent Rotary International-sponsored mission to Mali, West Africa, undertaken last November. Along with nine other Rotarians from the U.S. and Canada, Sandler administered polio vaccines to thousands of children and adults who came to their outdoor clinic. Sandler will explain the difficulty of working in an impoverished country whose health indicators are among the worst in the world, and where many locals wrongly fear that inoculation will make them sterile.
In addition, Sandler will discuss the history of the fight to end polio—a long standing goal of Rotary International—and whether the disease has a chance of making a comeback.
Also scheduled to speak is Dr. Ovid Fraser, a Southborough resident and member of the Southborough Rotary Club. He will discuss his trip to Guyana, a South American country bordering Venezuela. Sponsored by Southborough Rotarians, Fraser led a team of medical professionals who worked to teach local emergency technicians how to use life-saving emergency procedures.
This event is free and open to the public.