James Farrant in India
Cardiff specialty trainee 7 in anaesthesia James Farrant spent two weeks in Aurangabad, India as part of a 30-strong team of medics at the Northern Cleft Foundation cleft camp.
Dr Farrant, who is normally based at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, assisted in treating patients with cleft palates as well as passing on knowledge and skills to local staff assisting with the project.
The project, which took place in November last year, saw a total of 87 surgeries take place, with three to four theatres operating for almost 12 each day.
Dr Farrant said: 'The staff saw more cleft cases in a two-week period than they would see in a year in the NHS. All of us take back this wealth of experience to share with colleagues round the country.'
'The work was interesting and challenging. Children were generally underweight, intubations were sometimes difficult, surgery was long, and equipment was sometimes in short supply and basic.'
Dr Farrant, who used the BMA Humanitarian Fund to help with expenses, added: 'The rewards came in waking the children up in recovery, and seeing them later on the ward with their parents eating, drinking and smiling. The sense of satisfaction leaving the hospital at the end of each day was great.'
Mike Evans in Malawi
Mike Evans has returned to the Billy Riordan Medical Trust in Malawi three times to support patients with HIV, as well as treating those affected by TB and malaria.
Using the BMA Humanitarian Fund grant to fund his flights over to Malawi, Dr Evans said that despite the challenges of having to work with limited resources, he felt able to make a real difference to patients as well as gain important experience.
He said: 'The HIV clinic is steadily growing with about 650 patients on antiretrovirals and 50 children born to HIV-positive mothers under follow-up.'
'The ability to look after all aspects of a patients' care is very rewarding and builds trust. Many of my proudest achievements as a doctor have come from following up patients in Malawi over long periods of time.'
He added: 'Working in this kind of environment has definitely improved my ability to cope with unfamiliar situations. You have to be able to think on your feet because you don't have the back-up of tests or specialist colleagues.'