I have been following the Floating Doctor(s) for a while and feel that I should explain my interest. I have served/worked in a number of "developing" countries and have a somewhat jaundiced view of some "aid' agencies. I hold the view that, either;
a. Dr. Ben is an outstanding individual who has set up a group that will eventually outshine "Doctors Without Borders".
b. Dr. Ben leads a group of well meaning, but naive, under-qualified medical students with the misguided goal of bringing "enlightened" Western medicine to "primitive" people, using an unsuitable sailboat manned by the same under-qualified crew.
c. Dr. Ben is an egotistical scam artist.
d. A combination of all of the above.
If a. proves true I will happily contribute to the group. If either b. or c. proves correct I will be upset as this would not be a victimless undertaking. It will have served to divert resources from areas that desperately need help (e.g. Haiti). It will further serve to sour potential contributors to effective aid groups (e.g. Partners In Health
All I plan to do is to monitor the progress of the group and post details here. I hope that members will indulge me.