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Missionary honored

ELCA missionary and medical doctor Mark L. Jacobson received the 2013 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine from the American Medical Association. Since 1985, Jacobson and his wife, Linda, have served in Tanzania through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Over the years Jacobson led the transformation of a system of rural dispensaries into Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha; began schools to train nurses and medical officers; launched special services for women suffering from fistulas and children with orthopedic problems; initiated hospice and palliative care for HIV/AIDS patients; and led the planning, funding and construction of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, which cares for more than 150,000 patients a year.


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