Laurence Wicks is the newest CURE Ethiopia orthopedic surgeon. He has traveled the world working in the UK, South Africa, and Ethiopia although it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, it wasn’t until medical school that Laurence first set foot on a plane, but it’s been a whirlwind since then.
At first glance, sisters Fatuma and Meriyem seem just about as opposite as can be. Fatuma, the older of the two, is more reserved and reflective. She tends to prefer the background during group activities, but she is also quick with her sweet smile.
CURE Ethiopia is the main pediatric orthopedic hospital in Ethiopia and is not only helping to change the lives of many children and their families but also their immediate community. When the pandemic hit the world, CURE Ethiopia established a “COVID-19 Preventing Committee” with the goal to help out in any abnormal situations in our community related to COVID-19.
There’s an old Christian saying attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam.” It means “For the greater glory of God,” but it stands for the idea that every single thing we do, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, matters as it can be done in order to give glory to God. It’s a noble reminder to attack every task in front of us, whatever it may be, to the best of our ability.
As COVID-19 sweeps the planet, it seems as if the world is a little bit darker. Clouds of fear and anxiety have blocked the sun, and it all feels a little bit desperate at times. But it’s in dark times, our light – or should I say the light in us – is needed most.
The COVID-19 virus is affecting people around the world, and it most recently has reached Sub-Saharan Africa. All countries where CURE hospitals are located have confirmed cases. It’s become a worldwide pandemic, and on the frontlines are nurses.