Women in the World - Amy Lehman

Amy Lehman is working furiously to build a floating hospital  that will bring medical care to millions of hard-to-reach people in Congo. Danielle Shapiro reports from the water.

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Children in Moba, Democratic Republic of Congo, surround the chartered airplane Amy Lehman took to get to the port town on Lake Tanganyika. She was there with her non-profit, the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, an organization that aims to build a hospital boat to traverse the lake providing medical care to 3 million people living on its shores.

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Lehman loads soccer balls onto the Lengwe, a cargo ship she leased to deliver the balls along with 15,000 mosquito bed nets to isolated lakeside villages in Congo. The delivery was part of a malaria prevention and education program she conducted with the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic.

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Lehman and several of her team members, including consultant Joel Frushone (in orange t-shirt), take a break from loading soccer balls and mosquito nets for beers on the Liemba, a German-built ship used in World War I to control the lake. The Liemba, which was docked in Moba port, now serves as a passenger ferry on Lake Tanganyika.

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Lehman and her team consult while en route to making their first mosquito bed net delivery in the village of Liombe on Lake Tanganyika.

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The Lengwe with its deck loaded with the Olyset mosquito bed nets Lehman delivered.

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Villagers from Liombe greet the Lengwe, carrying Lehman and her Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic team, as it pulled into shore for the group's first mosquito bed net delivery.

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Lehman surrounded by curious children from Liombe.

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Children lugging mosquito bed nets to shore in Kizike, the second health area Lehman and her team visited as part of her malaria prevention and education outreach.

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Lehman shows off the tattoo map of Lake Tanganyika that covers her back. So far it's taken five sittings and about 18 hours to do. It is one of nine tattoos she has on her legs, arms and chest.

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Lehman and her Congolese colleague, Anderson Nkwayu, surrounded by children at another delivery stop during their three-day trip south along the shore. Nkwayu was leading the children in chants about preventing malaria. Frushone is in the background.