Travel and tropical health

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Medicine is a broad church and I have been lucky enough to fulfill my interest in travel and tropical medicine throughout my career whilst keeping one foot in the UK.

The journey started in 1997 when I was the chief medical office for an Operation Raleigh expedition in Uganda. Uganda was lush, green and wet and there was red mud that went everywhere.

Following this, I completed my medical rotation back in the UK and then proceeded to do the Diploma in Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. This led to two opportunities: to join the STOP Polio initiative in India and then I spent a year living in Ethiopia working on the cardiology arm of the chronic disease programme.

This partly led to my decision to retrain as a GP on my return. Settling into general practice led to a quieter but contenting phase of life until 2006 when I took part in a challenge to buy a car for less than £100 and drive it across the Sahara.

It was also in 2006 that I joined InterHealth Worldwide, a travel clinic providing travel, occupational and tropical medicine services to the humanitarian aid, mission and development sector. This took me to Kenya where InterHealth were pioneering in setting up a travel clinic in Nairobi.

I remained with InterHealth for 7 years, eventually leading the doctor’s team until in 2014, I decided it was time for a change and a return to general practice.

I am currently City and Hackney CCG lead for TB and infectious diseases.

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