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I first learned of Dr. Albert Schweitzer's work when I was a medical student in the 1960s. During those years, the story of Schweitzer's efforts to improve the health of Africans in his hospital in Lambarene, Gabon, ignited my colleagues' and my imagination. It was thus with a sense of privilege that I visited his hospital in Lambarene where his excellent work continues today unabated. Schweitzer's own life, before working in Africa, had been extraordinary, that of a man blessed by many talents. The money from the award went to fund the creation of a village for lepers close to his hospital called "Village of Light," for the hope it still brings to those affected by the disease. He felt that through his medical work he was, in a small scale, compensating the black people in Africa for all the damage the white man had caused them.The hospital, considered one of the best in Gabon, serves not only people from that country, but also people from neighboring countries.
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