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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ten years ago, Renee Bach left her home in Virginia to set up a charity to help children in Uganda. One of her first moves was to start a blog chronicling her experiences.

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An American attitude

"Just think of the arrogance," says Lawrence Gostin, who heads the Center on National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. "Who are you to assume that you can do better than they can? It's not your judgment call to make."

Gostin adds that while the circumstances of Bach's case may seem exceptional, he sees her actions as stemming from an attitude many Americans bring to developing countries.

"The American cultural narrative is that these countries are basket cases."

And so, says Gostin, Americans assume that whatever their qualifications, they're sure to be of help.

The result, Gostin says, is that everyone from college kids to credentialed doctors routinely parachute into poor countries for medical missions that completely disregard local laws and conditions.

"People think that they're doing good. And they have no idea how much harm they can cause."

And people back home in the U.S. are often complicit, says Gostin. Because when these volunteers write blogs or post videos to share their exploits, "They're celebrated."


Why are Americans so obsessed with the hero complex?

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-10 11:20 PM | Reply

So....what's your point?
I read the article..I didn't see where she was accused of misusing donated funds.
she said she felt like god had called her...doesn't that trump just about any criticism?
she's being sued...that almost seems like cultural appropriation.

she seems like just another delusional self absorbed jesus freak

#2 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-10 11:21 PM | Reply

She so pious and that she caused unnecessary harm.

More medical training and less bible training ...

And maybe those children wouldn't have died.

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-10 11:42 PM | Reply

Maybe...?

Maybe this would be a good place to point out the advantages of good birth control and maybe this wouldn't be as big a problem.

this just seems to be a bit of a snide backhand to americans and for what purpose I don't understand

#4 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-11 12:05 AM | Reply

this just seems to be a bit of a snide backhand to americans and for what purpose I don't understand

#4 | POSTED BY ABLOCK

As an America, we Americans need to know our limitations.

Especially when it comes to volunteering to help in situations overseas that one may not be fully trained and/or experienced enough to handle adequately.

How's that?

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-11 12:14 AM | Reply

There was a story a few months ago about another person with no medical training running an Ebola clinic in The Congo.

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-11 12:16 AM | Reply

#5 | Posted by PinchALoaf

you've given a totally generic approach to anyone anywhere regarding anything.

you (the collective we) need to know our limitations. concerning....situations that one may not be fully trained and/or experienced enough to handle adequately.

#7 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-11 12:28 AM | Reply

So an American opened a feeding center. She didn't call it a hospital. She was providing food, which is much more than any of you have done.

#8 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-11 12:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Personally...I'd like to read the article where they consider making Africa into a theme park

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-11 12:30 AM | Reply

Maybe look at this another way, 150 kids out of 900 died. So 750 lived that would have otherwise died?

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-11 12:34 AM | Reply

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you've given a totally generic approach to anyone anywhere regarding anything.

#7 | POSTED BY ABLOCK

Thanks for the compliment!

#11 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-08-11 12:55 AM | Reply

This should discourage anymore volunteers that have ideas about helping the poor and disadvantaged.
SMFH

#12 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-08-11 09:49 AM | Reply

#12

SMFDH....FTFY

As per...

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-11 09:55 AM | Reply

I'm kind of split on this. Either she's lying about a number of things, or the hospitals and centers around Jinja are lying when they say they would take these kids in. Maybe they saw her as an opportunity to pawn kids off on to save their own resources.

#14 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-08-11 10:21 AM | Reply

She invoked....GOD....isn't that enough justification

When you say....GOD....that means that anyone who questions her motives are anti-christian meanies

This woman declared that her calling was based on the same tenets as mother teresa ...why is she being vilified?

#15 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-08-11 10:30 AM | Reply

Why are Americans so obsessed with the hero complex?

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf

What else would you expect from a country that even has a term for it's own arrogance?

American exceptionalism is a joke that has probably caused more harm than good in many areas of the world.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2019-08-11 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

A child with no sense history says what?

#17 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-08-11 06:53 PM | Reply

Sounds like she and Ray went to the same gut-based University.

#18 | Posted by zarnon at 2019-08-12 10:05 AM | Reply

At play in the fields of the lord...

#19 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-08-12 10:20 AM | Reply

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