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Medical aid group makes the trek to Gabon's 'poorest of the poorest'

A SAMU-Social worker giving information to a resident.

The teams have to tramp up sinuous alleys to seek out ailing people who cannot afford to get medical help.

Libreville, Gabon

"HERE you're in the heart of precarious living," said one of Gabon's first medical responders in Kolo Ngoum, a grubby shanty suburb of Libreville that has seen no doctors in ages.

Residents initially expressed surprise at the arrival of an ambulance belonging to...