I am a family physician on my first mission as a medical specialist in Yida, South Sudan. This is my second MSF mission.
My role is to provide support and leadership to all members of the medical team, and to work with the other team supervisors to ensure the success of our mission. I am responsible for coordinating referrals to other centres, for surgery or obstetrics as an example. I also work on the call roster for after hours care, and am the doctor for the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center, a role I really enjoy.
My first mission was in Quetta, Pakistan, where I supervised the outpatient department of Kuchlak Clinic which provided care for up to 400 Afghan refugee patients a day. I also supervised the Ambulatory Therapeutic Feeding Center for severely malnourished children and the treatment program for Cutaneous Leishmania. I also provided supervision, education and support to the Birthing Unit when the midwife was away from the project.
I have worked in primary care for over twenty years BC, Alberta and Nunavut. I studied tropical medicine at the Gorgas Course in Peru and have worked with other humanitarian agencies in Ecuador, South Sudan and Laos.
I have worked with refugees in Canada for ten years and helped create the Calgary Refugee Health Program. My three adult children enthusiastically support my work with MSF. When I'm not in the field I love hiking, canoeing and biking in the Rockies around Canmore Alberta, where I live.
MSF is running out-patient and in-patient departments in Yida refugee camp where nearly 70,000 people are sheltering, having left the Nuba mountains. In 2014, MSF provided nearly 95,000 consultations in Yida alone.