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.
For more than a decade I have [while based in UK] made multiple short trips to anaesthetise in different low-middle-income-country settings, ranging from subspecialty elective surgery within a self-contained short-term team visiting a host institution [obstetric fistula repair in Niger, orthopaedic and plastic surgery in Sierra Leone] through several specialties of elective surgery on a well-equipped hospital ship [Mercy Ships' Anastasis and latterly Africa Mercy] to all cases at a rural Zambian mission hospital. I co-edited the Paediatric Anaesthesia and Critical Care special edition of Update in Anaesthesia [volume 30, published 2015], World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology's educational journal aimed predominantly at those working within a lower-resource setting.
Sian Kerslake is a consultant currently working at Watford General hospital. She is involved in the workshops on the Women's health days. She is semi retired, formerly college tutor and lead for obstetrics, interested in maternal medicine. Sian has been on short teaching visits to LAMB hospital in Northern Bangladesh for the last 5 years.
Marion has served on the leadership of Member Care Europe and Global Member Care and on the board of Redcliffe College where she inaugurated the MA in Member Care. Marion travels internationally speaking on aspects of Member Care, most recently Australia, Bahrain and Germany. She works as a consultant with an international relocation company as an intercultural trainer for Blue Chip companies.
Since January 2015 Marion has been involved with the Refugee Highway Partnership working on training issues, on both refugee and staff care. She is now point person for the Member Care and Trauma response unit of EEA's Hope for Europe Refugees project. She has developed staff training and trauma response training for the UK churches involved in refugee work and is partnering with the refugees project as well as diocesan ministries.
She has served in the area of member care with international missions for over 35 years, 17 of them with Arab World Ministries, supporting staff in the Arab World. Currently working with agencies and churches on sustaining staff in humanitarian crises.
She has written two books, "Families on the Move" on international parenting and "Burn-up or Splashdown - the survival guide to re-entry". She is currently working on a handbook for churches and agencies "Foundations for Member Care. Marion has 3 children, 8 grandchildren and is a rugby football fanatic.
Ted's two medical passions are global health and travel medicine. He co-founded InterHealth Worldwide where he works as a senior clinician; he is also founder-director of Community Health Global Network
Ted travels and lectures widely, has been on expeditions, and driven overland across Asia three times. He lived for 7 years in the Himalayas working in remote mountain communities. He has written books and chapters on travel medicine and is the author of a textbook on community health published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He has been on the Leadership Council of the International Society of Travel Medicine, a trustee of Tearfund and was a founding fellow of the UK Faculty of Travel Medicine.
Ted's outside interests are travel, the environment, working with his local church and enjoying his extended family
I am a specialist palliative care physician experienced and passionate about inequalities in health care and in particular palliative care health systems strengthening in resource limited settings and where health systems are under stress such as complex humanitarian settings. I was a consultant palliative care physician in Aberdeen for 10 years doing international work in short visits and have lived internationally for the past 10 years. I will bring experience from 4 continents (particularly Africa and India) with a focus on building capacity and leadership, integrated palliative care models, evidence based practice and research capacity and demonstrating values based changes within curriculum delivery and mentorship. For the past 9 years I have been based in Makerere University in Kampala. 11 years ago I helped start CairdeasIPCT (www.cairdeas.org.uk) to support partnerships and palliative care developments which also has an extensive resources section. I hold an honourary academic position at the Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh and am a board member of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care...and long time CMF member!
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.
Mark spent 15 years in Bangladesh: 10 years at LAMB as Medical Director of LAMB Hospital and Executive Director of LAMB Project - a community health and development organisation with a school, training centre and research programme; and then 5 years as Medical Director at icddr,b - an international public health research centre. He returned to the UK in 2012 and now works as Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire Council and as a Consultant Physician in Acute and General Medicine at Gloucester Royal Hospital. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.
Gwyneth is an NHS senior nurse/ midwife who is also the Assistant National Nursing Officer for St John Ambulance Cymru Wales, and is a member of the Advanced Life Support Obstetric (UK) Advisory Faculty. In these capacities she teaches volunteers, midwives, nurses, obstetric, neonatal and neonatal colleagues.
She has been a visiting teacher in the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing, Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Ysra Medical College, Rawlpindi, Pakistan, delivered workshops in practical emergency care for mothers and their new born babies. In the UK she gives practical teaching of emergency care in pre hospital settings for St John Cymru Wales members. Gwyneth is able to maintain hands on care and teaching in the NHS and St John Cymru Wales, bringing these experiences to her workshops.
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…
Maureen Wilkinson was the Senior Government Psychiatrist in Malawi for 6 years, helping to develop community mental health services within that country. Since then she has provided consultant support to several mental health services in resource-poor countries, and maintains involvement in three MH services in Uganda. She has also contributed to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Mental Health. She teaches mental health for developing countries on the Liverpool and London Diploma courses in Tropical Medicine and Tropical Nursing, and similar courses in Copenhagen.