Natasha Stott Despoja AM reflects on her recent trip to Laos

Burnet Institute

04 October, 2011

Burnet Institute Board Member Natasha Stott Despoja AM in Laos visiting our maternal and child health clinic.

The following is an exerpt from an opinon piece she wrote for the Adelaide Advertiser where she reflects on her experiences.

A trip to a Laos village, seemingly in the middle of nowhere (a 12-hour drive south of the capital, Vientiane), provided some perspective for me last week.

Due to the unseasonable rainy season, women and children battled leeches (as well as flooded rivers and mosquitoes) in order to reach child and maternal health facilities provided by Australia’s Burnet Institute’s Laos facility.

Watching sick children being treated, babies monitored for growth, and mothers and babies being immunised was a timely reminder of how fortunate we are in Australia and how much we can do to assist other parts of the world.

I am often most proud of my country when I see the work we do to help the disadvantaged at home or abroad. MPs would do well to remember this, especially when asylum seeker issues return to Parliament this week.

CLICK HERE to read the full article on the Adelaide Advertiser’s website.

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Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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