Well, after a long restful break over the summer, I am getting ready to do some more voluntary work overseas. In August, I visited the Gambia, and delivered a baby – the first for over twenty five years! Sadly, conditions in the Gambian health service have deteriorated since I was Regional Medical Officer in 1982-4. However, thanks to the amazing efforts of Anita Smith, MBE, MRG, Bansang Hospital has improved dramatically – the exception which proves the rule. Unfortunately, I felt the challenges were too great for me to work there again.
I visited the USA and France in September, and later this month, I will be going to Ethiopia as part of the university/NHS link between Leicester and Gondar Medical Schools. There’s a fund raiser for this at the weekend, with four bands performing at our local pub, The Donkey, Welford Road, Leicester. All are welcome – Saturday 12th October at 8:30pm till late. Tickets £8 on the door, £6 in advance. The beer is good, too.
After Ethiopia, I will be returning to Thailand to work on the Borderline again in late November for a couple of months. Watch this space.