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We Asked, You Answered: Are Fly-In Medical Missions Helpful Or Harmful?

Our readers weigh in on volunteer missions, where Western medical workers spent a short time in a poor country providing free care.
Source: Chris Nickels for NPR

For decades, doctors and nurses from rich countries have flown to poor countries to perform surgery and provide other medical care not readily available. They stay for a limited period of time. Then they head back home.

That model for providing care is being reconsidered, as health reporter Joanne Silberner wrote in a story we published this spring.

We wanted to hear from our readers: If you've been part of a fly-in mission, what was it like? What were the

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