My name is Josie Gilday and I’ve been a nurse with MSF since 2010, with my first assignment being in Haiti a short time after the earthquake. Since then I have worked in various countries including Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Democratic Republic of Congo in various positions including nurse supervisor, medical focal point, nurse training implementer and medical supply support.
I love being a nurse and working with both the patients and national staff, as well as all the challenges that come with working in these countries for MSF. I’ve set up and managed hospitals, run mobile clinics, and designed training programmes for both nurses and pharmacists.
Before MSF I specialised in HIV and tropical diseases nursing in London. And after five years of being in and out of the field, I finally returned home for a full year to do my MSc Public Health in Developing Countries and wrote my thesis on how nursing is critical to quality care in humanitarian settings.
In 2017 I worked on an innovation project to create an IV fluids holder for MSF Land Cruisers. You can read the blog posts I co-wrote with my colleague Anup here.