Dr Hilary Edgcombe is a consultant anaesthetist based in Oxford with long-standing interests in and commitments to anaesthesia in resource-limited settings. She has clinical and training experience over the past 15 years in a number of sub-Saharan countries and currently is undertaking an MSc in Global Health (Global Surgery). Her specific interests include the use of new technologies for training in the remote setting, and the interface between visiting and local staff in low and middle-income countries.
Christine worked at LAMB hospital and community health & development project in North West Bangladesh for nearly 18 years, where she was involved both in service delivery and training, and in women's advocacy. LAMB has facilitated community- run safe delivery units, as well as being a Government Skilled Birth Attendant training centre, and comprehensive obstetric care at the hospital. She has been involved in the training of doctors, advanced level midwives and community health volunteers. She has also had training in obstetric fistula repair and established a fistula unit at LAMB. Now working in UK, she does regular short-term visits to LAMB for fistula surgery.
Jonathan worked as a GP in Shrewsbury before moving with his family to Klong Toey Slum in Bangkok to work with Urban Neighbours Of Hope. Jonathan is not practicing as a doctor in Thailand but is living amongst the urban poor with his eyes and ears open whilst learning the language. He is passionate about seeing a Christian response to the world problem of urban slums, especially thinking about the changing shape of medical mission in this new majority urban world.
Mary worked as a nurse /midwife / tutor and counsellor in Africa for 15 years and has made short-term return visits over the past 20 years. She has retired from Oxford Brookes University where she taught in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She remains a practising nurse and midwife and a member of the Christian Medical Fellowship, and the Transcultural Nurses Association. Her counselling and trauma work involves weekly sessions in primary care and in private practice. She is an Associate member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, an accredited counsellor with the Association of Christian Counsellors and on the National Voluntary Register as an approved Counsellor.
Ted worked for seven years as a General Practitioner in London after qualification. However the focus of his interest has always been in global health issues, especially community health care in resource-poor countries and in travel medicine. He worked in the North Indian Himalayas for eight years where he was involved in setting up a number of community health programmes, as well as the health care of travellers and expatriates, which in turn led him to take up the challenge of co-founding InterHealth in 1989. In addition to this, he is now Director of an initiative started in 2005 called Community Health Global Network. He co-chaired a consultation in 2008 with WHO on the role of NGOs and Faith Based Organisations in the revitalisation of primary health care. He is currently working on the 4th Edition of an international text and manual, Setting up Community Health Programmes, being published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He is a Founder-Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and has written textbook chapters and popular books on travel medicine, including the Berlitz Travel Health Pocket Guide.Ted continues to work as a practising clinician.
I am currently a clinical research fellow working on ebola and typhoid vaccine testing with the Oxford Vaccine Group. In my clinical training I am a specialist registrar in infectious diseases and microbiology based in Sheffield, UK. I am due to start working toward a DPhil in August looking at typhoid epidemiology and transmission globally, based in Blantyre, Malawi.
Last year I spent 5 weeks working in an ebola treatment centre in central Sierra Leone with the International Medical Corps through the DfID funded UK ebola response. My main role was leading a team of both national and international healthcare staff to run the centre and undertake clinical care of ebola positive patients. I spoke about ebola on the DHC last year but with the increasing spread of other viruses previously restricted to central Africa I will be introducing us to a few more this time round.
Malcolm worked for 30 years in the national teaching hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, first as Consultant Physician and then Professor of Medicine. For 13 of those years he was Director of the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme. He has been on the staff of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine since 1984, as professor since 1994 (emeritus since 2008). He has been Editor of 'Tropical Doctor' and 'Malawi Medical Journal'. He is the Ombudsman for The Lancet. He and his wife moved from Malawi to live in Liverpool in December 2015.
As a public health physician (MD), Gisela Schneider worked as a missionary doctor in Africa for 23 years. She started as a medical doctor in a rural mission hospital and later developed a primary health care project with the local government. Having experienced the impact of HIV in Africa, she specialised in this area and set up a comprehensive HIV Care programme for the Gambia. Working as a medical missionary she developed health care structures with the Ministry of Health and other NGOs. From 2005 onwards she worked as Director of training at the Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University in Kampala/Uganda where she set up training programmes for ART, HIV care and other infectious diseases for health workers from across Africa.
Since July 2007 she heads the German Institute for Medical Mission (Difäm e.V.). Difäm e.V. runs a hospital for tropical diseases, geriatrics and palliative care and has an institute that works globally in the area of health systems strengthening mainly in Africa.
Since the Ebola outbreak 2014 in West Africa emerged Dr Schneider worked with the Christian Health Associations in Liberia and later Sierra Leone, to strengthen local health services in their response to the epidemic and developed the programme: Keep Safe - Keep Serving with local providers who were able to keep health services going throughout the epidemic. The work now concentrates on rebuilding local health structures in the faith based sector.
Adrian is one of a last breed of general General Surgeons. On completion of his surgical training in 1999 he returned to Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda in 2000, where he had worked as a medical student on his elective many years before (1985/6). He went with his wife and four young children with the intention of staying three years. He continued and developed further the surgical service already at Kisiizi as well as worked in other austere and resource poor environments for eight years. Whilst vascular surgery is his surgical passion, he's delved surgically into most areas of the human body. From craniotomies to in-growing toenails, neonates to as old as the hills, cleft lip repairs, vvf repairs, dealing with burns, skin grafting and flaps, Obstetrics & Girly-bits, gunshot wounds and other trauma; amputations & orthopaedics; prostates and other Manly-bits, endoscopic services, broken abdomens and chests. He's no good at club feet and not too hot on eyes… When the Isle of Man needed an experienced Consultant General Surgeon in 2008 able to work in an 'isolated environment', he applied. He's still there. In his spare time he's an ALERT & ATLS Instructor. He's successfully booted his four children out of the nest and wonders why they like to explore the world…