When I arrived at the remote clinic some 180 miles from Nairobi, it was near mid-​​day, and the Kenyan sun had pushed the ther­mometer to uncom­fort­able heights. Small insects buzzed in and out of the open win­dows of the low building—the only thing keeping them from landing on the patients were the insect nets draped over each bed. The med­ical staff at Kimalel Health Center have lim­ited resources avail­able. They don’t have the wide-​​range of med­i­cines that are avail­able in devel­oped coun­tries, and their equip­ment is often old and on the edge of dis­re­pair. Despite this, they went about their busi­ness with cheerful efficiency.

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