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developing health course - DHC

Healthcare in resource-poor settings for doctors, nurses, midwives and therapists

Two week course, 21 July - 2 August 2019 at the London School of Theology, Northwood


Next year the DHC will take place from 21 July - 2 August at the London School of Theology in North London. Accommodation and food is included in the course cost.

The course is designed to update, equip and inspire people who are committed to global health, whether you are preparing to go, returning after a break or considering the possibility of service abroad.

The course material now emphasises the broader context of healthcare across the world and covers topics like global health, medicine, mental health, paediatrics, surgery, and women's health. There are also a couple of sessions on problem solving in areas such as HIV, palliative care, managing an epidemic and emergency medicine.

Nurses: 2019 will continue a nurses 'stream' of learning together about nursing in resource poor countries. Come and be a part of this!

2019 Course details

Course details will be released early in 2019, but content will be similar to 2018 - see video below.


Mission Fair, Wednesday 24 July 2019

This is a unique opportunity to meet representatives from mission agencies and support organisations involved in medical work. The fair is held during the course but is open to all healthcare professionals, hether part of the course or not.

Admission is free.

In 2018 over 20 organisations exhibited, including SIM, CMS, Interserve, Medair, AIM, Mercy Ships, All Nations Christian College and others. This will be a feature of next year's course as well.

Teaching is given in a Christian context but participants of other faiths and none are welcomed and have benefited from the course in previous years.

Course Directors

Fi McLachlan - Course Organiser, Head of International Ministries, CMF

Dr Ian Spillman MRCP FRCPCH DA DTM&H DCH - Medical Director, Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda

Course Administrator

Marolin Watson - CMF Global Coordinator

Course Hosts

Ian and Hanna Spillman


The Developing Health Course has been running for over 50 years, equipping hundreds of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for work in resource-poor settings. Previous participants have commented:

'This is by far the best course I have ever attended'

'We have really enjoyed every moment of very day on this course. We have found it challenging, inspiring, informative & applicable'

'All that I was hoping for and more'

'This course is excellent! It's good for the young ones who are planning to go, for the older ones who are in the thick of it and old people, like me, who are looking to see where God can use them in the last lap!'

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