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Dr Alice Braga, volunteer with Facing Africa

Welcome to the Doctors as volunteers forum.

This is a space for doctors to share their experiences, ambitions, and networks to encourage others considering volunteering to take the next step.

Find out more about the group here, or email Arielle with questions or suggestions at [email protected].

Blog - Post List
    • 5 Apr 2019

    Why maternal and child health matters

    Getting off to the right start is key to living a long and healthy life. That’s as true in Manchester as it is in Mumbai or Mbale. But the challenges that mothers, babies and children face differ enormously across the globe. That’s why maternal and child health is such an important focus for health initiatives in low-resource settings. The world has made significant progress in the past three decades: efforts...
    • 21 Jan 2019

    the Virtual doctors- telemedicine in action in Zambia & Malawi!

    We are looking for a doctor to join the Virtual Doctors Board of 8 trustees. Experience of working in sub Saharan Africa would be preferable, and a background in General Practice or Infectious diseases would be an advantage, as well as easy access to our quarterly meetings in London. We are a young and growing charity at the intersection of medicine and technology. We use smartphone technology to connect isolated...
    • 20 Jun 2018

    Share your stories of working abroad on the BMA podcast

    Here at BMA House we are currently working on a feature for the next episode of our podcast Doctors notes . We are looking for 2-3 doctors who have worked abroad to share their stories. Could you be one of them? The feature aims to share real stories of working abroad and how this has changed your perspective in some way. We'd be happy to hear from doctors who have volunteered abroad as well as those who have experience...
    • 11 Jun 2018

    New HEE international volunteering portal needs YOUR input

    Over the past year, BMA's International department has been helping HEE (Health Education England) to develop a new online portal for medical volunteering opportunities through the NHS international volunteering group. HEE has been developing the platform to support health and care staff interested in international volunteering. The platform will signpost to key resources for international volunteers available online...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Survey input needed: Essential surgical instruments for low-resource settings

    Calling all surgeons and OBs with experience working in LMICs - we need your input! The BMA is supporting the charity Lifebox to develop a list of surgical instruments for a low cost surgical instrument tray. The tray will provide all the essential instruments to safely perform C-section and laparotomy in low-resource settings. These are two of the most frequent and urgent operations performed, with the potential to...
    • 23 Aug 2017

    BMA Information Fund 2017 – now open for applications

    Health professionals in low-income countries often have difficulty accessing accurate, up to date health information, which can lead to poorer health outcomes for vulnerable populations globally. Improving access to high-quality health information is essential to the success of local and national efforts to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2005, the BMA Information Fund has been supporting healthcare...
    • 6 Jul 2017

    Reasons to smile

    At Operation Smile, we give children and young adults in low- and middle-income countries free cleft surgery and medical care they could not otherwise access or afford.
    • 30 Jun 2017

    ‘There was only so much I could do…’

    Photo credit: Dr Sara Al-Ansari In 2016 I volunteered in a medical aid camp in Najaf, Iraq, organised by ‘A World Without Barriers’: an independent, non-governmental charity that focuses on vulnerable individuals in areas of war or poverty. Working as a doctor in London, I had no idea what to expect; by the end of my trip, I began to truly appreciate the importance of culture and background on overall...
    • 29 Jun 2017

    It’s all about collaboration

    The immediacy of what we can do as doctors can be both a blessing and a curse as an overseas volunteer. It felt fantastic that even during my first weeks as a volunteer in Zanzibar, Tanzania with fairly limited resources - antibiotics, fluids, perhaps oxygen if I was lucky - I could walk in to the hospital and save lives. And yet at the same time, Westerners sweeping in and believing they know what to do is a pretty problematic...
    • 28 Jun 2017

    The foodbank – a medical education

    Working as a London hospital doctor, I see the human consequences of inequality every day. I treat the symptoms of a patient’s airway disease, but poverty, malnutrition, poor housing, anxiety, and social isolation are contributory factors for which I have no prescription. My privileged life and medical training has failed to prepare me to be an advocate for my patients. Last year, feeling powerless in the face...
    • 6 Apr 2017

    BMA Humanitarian Fund 2017

    Globalisation is creating new patterns of health and disease – increase in global trade, travel, communication and migration have obscured the traditional distinction between national and global health.
    • 3 Oct 2016

    Remembering Kunduz: The aftermath and the future

    The attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz Afghanistan last year led to the deaths of 42 patients and staff. In the run up to a memorial event commemorating one year since the attack, the BMA is reproducing an account of the bombing written by Australian intensive care specialist Dr Kathleen Thomas, who witnessed the attack. Click here to read Parts one and two . Part three:...
    • 30 Sep 2016

    Remembering Kunduz: The attack on the hospital

    The attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz Afghanistan last year led to the deaths of 42 patients and staff. In the run up to a memorial event commemorating one year since the attack, the BMA is reproducing an account of the bombing written by Australian intensive care specialist Dr Kathleen Thomas, who witnessed the attack. The names of patients and some staff have been changed...
    • 23 Sep 2016

    Remembering Kunduz: The week leading to the attack

    For the past 45 years, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aka ‘Doctors without Borders’ have seen doctors and medical staff from around the world volunteer to care for patients in war zones around the world. Under article 18 of the Geneva Convention, hospitals are designated protected status meaning that ‘in no circumstances’ can they be targeted by any parties involved in a conflict...
    • 6 Sep 2016

    Volunteering Opportunity in Honduras 2017

    We are a group of 25 medical students at Queen Mary University of London and are part of a sustainable development organisation called Global Brigades. Next summer in August 2017, we will be travelling to Honduras for 9 days setting up small clinics and providing primary care treatment to local communities. As part of our trip we require 3 doctors to travel with us and help run clinics, mainly consulting, diagnosing...
    • 16 Aug 2016

    Volunteering in primary care projects in Nepal with PHASE Worldwide

    This blog was originally published in the Policy Debate part of Connecting Doctors. Dr Gerda Pohl shares her experiences Over the last 12 years I have spent a total of 54 months in Nepal, supporting primary health care services in very remote rural areas in a voluntary capacity. Wanting to be useful where it’s most needed was my main reason for choosing medicine - I set out to acquire skills which are transferrable...
    • 11 Aug 2016

    BMA Information Fund 2016 - open for applications

    Too often the health information needs of health professionals in low-income countries go unmet. This must be addressed to improve the health of vulnerable populations globally. So we’re delighted to launch of the BMA Information Fund 2016. The purpose of this Fund is to purchase health information materials tailored to the education and training needs of selected healthcare organisations in resource-poor settings...
    • 30 Jun 2016

    Saving lives at sea

    I am extremely pleased that my two colleagues, Adam and Sue, and I won the BMA Doctors as Volunteers competition. We all volunteer for Tower RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves life at sea). Adam and Sue have been volunteering for them a lot longer than I have, and have also worked at different lifeboat stations in the UK. I joined Tower lifeboats about a year ago, and I can emphatically...
    • 27 Jun 2016

    Virtual doctors: saving lives in Zambia while based in the UK

    I have always wanted to work in the developing world and trained as a GP specifically to give me the skill set to do this. In 2001 I worked in a rural hospital in Zambia followed by months travelling around southern Africa. I was hooked. But I was uneasy about the lack of impact my voluntary work had, or its sustainability. I’ve since been searching for voluntary work that would educate and support local health...
    • 22 Jun 2016

    Out of my comfort zone in South Sudan

    Alison Wells is a neonatal nurse working at Craigavon Hospital, Northern Ireland. Along with colleagues she is a winner of the 2016 Doctors as volunteers poster competition - the winning poster can be found here . - In 2015 with the help of the BMA Humanitarian Fund I was able to accompany a small team of healthcare workers from the UK to South Sudan. We were working with the Essential Life Saving Skills for Africa...
    • 17 Jun 2016

    From Yorkshire to Sierra Leone - looking back at last year's poster competition

    The winners of this year’s volunteer poster competition will soon be announced. Last year’s winners highlighted the range of options open to would-be volunteers. Dr Faraaz de Belder volunteered with the West Yorkshire Police. He said: 'I wanted to do something that was out of my comfort zone and joining the police as a special constable is an entirely different world to working as a hospital doctor...
    • 17 Jun 2016

    Welcome to the Doctors as volunteers forum

    Each year the Doctors as volunteers initiative grows in strength, and I am delighted to launch the Doctors as volunteers forum. As clinicians we have a unique set of skills and expertise that can be utilised to help individuals and societies globally and within the UK. In recent years we have seen this put to the test with the response to the West African Ebola outbreak, more recently Zika and Yellow Fever outbreaks...
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