My name is Josie Gilday and I’ve been a nurse with MSF since 2010, with my first mission 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.
I have been working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) for the past three years in emergency projects in South Sudan (in an area affected by the conflict), Ethiopia (in a project providing healthcare to refugees) and Nepal (as part of the response to the 2015 earthquake).
I've worked in a range of roles, including logistics team leader, technical logistician, supply logistician, construction logistician and distribution logistician.
I have a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering. After graduating I worked as an engineering officer on oil tankers, car carriers and bulk carrier sea-worthy cargo ships.
Since I joined MSF in 2013, I've worked in both natural disasters and conflict zones. Amongst other things, I have both set up and relocated hospitals in refugee camps, managed the practicalities and supplies for vaccination campaigns, carried out exploration missions to assess needs in new areas, prepared an 800m long airstrip and managed the logistics for two evacuations in South Sudan, one of which was an armed robbery.
Josie and I appreciate that MSF acknowledges the fact that there is always room for improvement and better quality of care.