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Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Emergency physician

Raghu Venugopal is a Toronto-based emergency physician. He teaches medicine at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor of medicine and is an attending staff physician at the Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital.

He served on the board of directors of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada for 2 years and has done MSF field missions in Burundi, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has also worked in crisis in Albania and Kosovo, and assisted with the development of emergency medical systems in Tanzania, West Bank/Gaza and Ethiopia.

Raghu completed his training at McGill University, Dalhousie University, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. He is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick

Marriage Proposal From Chad

I thought about the last few months. Fatigue, exhaustion, satisfaction, and relief. I felt happy just to have survived. It had been hard on my girlfriend Maeve and me -- but we grew stronger apart in some ways too. She was alone at home with her dog Daisy when I called from my tukul one night and asked her to marry me.
06/14/2013 07:01 EDT
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The Ins and Outs of a Doctor Without Borders in Chad

The dry hot season is going out and the cooler rainy season is coming in. Heavy showers have begun to fall and it is a relief for everyone. Starvation will hopefully ease. Yes, death is around us; but moreso, we are surrounded by life and survival. Day-in and day-out, this is the reality of our work here in eastern Chad.
06/10/2013 05:22 EDT
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A Day in the Life of a Doctor Without Borders

Wednesday May 15 started early. I got up at 6 a.m. and took a cold refreshing shower. My mind was spinning with day ahead so I had not slept well. Before leaving, I scanned my email inbox to try to deal with a few urgent administrative and medical matters. Even at 7 a.m., the office was hot enough to make you sweat.
05/28/2013 05:19 EDT

Why We Need More Late-Night Doctors

It is possible to think of Médecins Sans Frontières' (MSF) medical work like a scalpel, which we use during surgery. The sharp end is at the bedside with patients and families. It's the crucial end -- and nothing can replace it. But behind the blade is its attachment and then the handle from which to hold the blade. These parts are crucial too.
05/02/2013 12:19 EDT

Ali's Had a Cough Since 2006

Ali is 36 years old and has been coughing for a long time. He has been coughing since at least 2006. I was called because it was suspected that Ali had multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières is working with the Chadian Ministry of Health to aid patients like Ali.
04/24/2013 05:20 EDT
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The Kindness of Strangers: Helping Women With VVF in Chad

Part of the experience of working with Doctors Without Borders is not just work but also taking a break. The work in the project site is seven days a week most of the time, but then after two months or so, we get a break in the capital city. I can't quite say my RnR was what I had intended.
04/21/2013 11:01 EDT

"Doctor, What About My Brother?"

The desperate man asked me in French, "Doctor, what about my brother?" Somewhere, in one of the rooms full of bloodied bodies lying on the ground, was this man's brother. A mass casualty incident had hit Am Timan hospital in chad. This man was looking for his brother amongst the 50 or so victims.
04/12/2013 05:26 EDT

We Need to Help More Children Live to Be Adults

The majority of our patients live. But sometimes they do not. Child survival in Chad is a day-to-day struggle. Many survive thanks to low-cost interventions like vaccination, proper nutrition, antibiotics, rehydration, blood transfusion and oxygen. Sadly, these interventions are available to too few.
03/27/2013 05:42 EDT

Two Sisters and a Brother in Chad

Triplets (!) - two sisters and a brother were born a week ago. The sisters were born first and then came the brother. They do not yet have names, but their mother knows them apart needless to say. The...
03/15/2013 10:29 EDT

Outreach in Chad: "He Was on the Verge of Death"

I'm settled into the project now in Amtiman in southeastern Chad. Our project here serves a population who have few choices regarding where and when they can seek medical care. Jonas was brought to my attention by the community outreach workers. He was 30 days old and his mother said he was not breastfeeding and was convulsing.
02/26/2013 05:41 EST