ALBION — Dr. David Austin, of the Lovejoy Health Center, recently returned from his fourth trip with Doctors Without Borders, an international organization that provides medical care to more than 60 underserved countries.

This time, he spent four months in Djibouti, a small country in Eastern Africa with a population of more than 800,000, where he provided care at a hospital established by Doctors Without Borders in response to a famine that hit the region in 2009. The hospital consisted of four tents and had room for up to 50 children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. The program focused on malnourished children, according to a news release.

Living just a couple miles from the hospital himself, Austin worked two shifts every day with a team of nurses, most from Djibouti.

He is currently seeing patients at the Albion health center and plans to travel to Ethiopa next year to help with the dwindling doctor population in that region.

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