With great sadness and disbelieve we share that Dr Erdi Huizinga passed away on January 14th 2020.
Erdi has been involved in our surgical training programme since the start in 2011. She has served the programme from all four of the hospitals she worked at in Sierra Leone; Magbenteh Hospital in Makeni, Masanga Hospital in Masanga, Lion Heart Medical Center in Yele and the City Garden Clinic in Makeni. Knowing the strength of a task sharing programme, as she had seen the results already with her own eyes in Malawi, she has been a great support to the work of CapaCare.
We have known dr Erdi as an energetic and passionate Dutch tropical doctor. She was full of love for the people she served. She had a strong drive to share her knowledge with those who worked alongside her. Her seemingly endless energy and drive for quality of care was an inspiration for many. Her honesty, commitment and expertise helped colleagues and students to reach higher levels, achieving things they would not have believed were possible. Erdi would always give everything when someone came to her for (medical) help. During her career she has made a difference for countless people in need. She was a true tropical doctor in her heart, mind, spirit and in the choices she made. She will continue to be an example to us.
We will miss her dearly and carry her memory with us in our hearts. Our sympathy and thoughts are with her family and those who were close to her.