Doctoring in Afghanistan is topic of talk by Dr. Jeff Goodman

Dr. Jeff Goodman of the North Shore Clinic at Kilauea is set to discuss his recent medical service experience in war-torn Afghanistan at two talks being held at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville.

On Friday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. Goodman will speak on “Establishing Medical Clinics in Afghanistan,” and on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. he’s set to speak on “Afghanistan – It’s People and Culture.”

The talks will be illustrated with slides Goodman took in Afghanistan.

Goodman said he’s thankful for the support of his work and of the International Medical Corps shown by the Church of the Pacific, and is giving the talks in part to thank the church.

He arrived in Afghanistan on January 12 and returned to his practice in Kilauea on July 22.

In his first talk Goodman said he will tell how he helped set up 20 medical clinics in an area north of Kabul. The second talk will focus on the people, culture and history of the area and Islam, and show that the media image of Afghans being warlords tells just one part of the story of the Afghan people. He said the country is made up of farmers and families and everyday people like anywhere else.

Admission if free and the public is invited to the talks. Donations will be accepted for the International Medical Corps, the organization that sponsored Goodman’s recent term of service in the East Asian nation.

Goodwin is a long-time family practice physician on the North Shore and opened the Kauai Medical Group clinic at Kilauea about 30 years ago.

He traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1987. He does his volunteer medical relief work through the International Medical Corps. He helps set up new clinics, and treats patients, and has given Afghan doctors public health medical training.

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