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  • 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...
  • Reasons to smile

    • 6 Jul 2017
    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.
  • ‘There was only so much I could do…’

    • 30 Jun 2017
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...