Reciprocal benefits of global health partnerships conference 24 May, Plymouth

WMT is pleased to promote the following event:

The Global Health Collaborative (GHC) based at the University of Plymouth and covering the whole South West are holding this international conference on 24 May focusing on effective engagement of UK volunteers and partners in Global Health (GH) initiatives.

The conference will bring together a range of stakeholders from across the peninsula and other regions to:

– learn from innovative approaches for global citizenship, hearing first-hand about Wales’ future generation act and Health Education England’s Global Engagement Strategy
– hear from centres of excellence within the UK – speakers from Cambridge Global Health Partnerships and Kings College London Centre for Global Health will talk about their respective journeys in forming GH networks
– gain a unique opportunity to hear from some of our low and middle income countries partners visiting from Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone
– visit a marketplace that showcases local examples of ongoing GH work and opportunities for involvement and research
explore the reciprocal benefits to the workforce and health system in the South West and future direction.

Chamonix poster competition and winner

For the first time, we invited poster submissions for the annual Chamonix Expedition Medicine course 21-25 January. 12 quality posters covering a range of topics were submitted. Subjects ranged from high altitude cases and research to snake bite, eye problems, rabies and managing uncertainty in the wilderness. Course delegates agreed the posters added to the educational robustness of the conference. Acetazolamide: does it help on Kilimanjaro? was the winner. Congratulations to authors Nathan Hudson-Peacock, Anna Wallace and Craig Miller and many thanks to everyone who contributed. Download this file to view all the posters: WMT Jan 2019 posters x12

Kili expedition medic needed in March!

Action Challenge has an urgent position for a leader / medic on a Kilimanjaro Trek in March. Details below. Please direct all enquiries directly to AC.

It’s a small team – only 6 PAX – so nice and manageable, on the dates below:

Group Name Outbound Inbound Date back in UK
Open Kili Lemosho Mar B Thu 14/03/19 Sat 23/03/19 Sun 24/03/19

The group flight details are:

14-Mar-19 LHR 2155 DOH 0740
15-Mar-19 DOH 0910 JRO 1540
23-Mar-19 JRO 1710 DOH 2340
24-Mar-19 DOH 0130 LHR 0620

As a leader medic, it would be a paid position, at £110 per day for 10 days.

Please can you reply if you are able to take this on as soon as possible. Due to the urgency, the position will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Best wishes,

Jan Smolaga
International Business Manager
Action Challenge UK Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 207 609 6695

Instructor Duncan Gray in Antarctica

We find it hard to keep up with Dr Duncan Gray’s whereabouts! He helps us to do so by emailing pictures of himself in his WMT t-shirt from far flung places – this time on a short post-Christmas 2018 10-day expedition to Antarctica as expedition “cruise” ship doctor. He is clearly having more fun that some of us! In late 2018 he was in Namibia. Clearly a man of all seasons!

Alumni will know Duncan for his inspired teaching in Morocco, Mountain Medicine on Skis (Chamonix), Expedition Medic in the Lake District and Advanced Medicine at Glenmore Lodge.

Steths & BP cuffs giveaway

WMT has 11 BP cuffs and more than 20 stethascopes to give away to a good home in one job lot. Please get in touch by email and we’ll gladly courier them to a UK address. They are not expensive models but hopefully someone can make use of them, at least for training. (Sorry – but we can’t post single items.)

Greenland expedition medic needed summer 2019

The Greenland Caves Project is seeking a medic to join a 3-4 week climate-science research expedition to Northeast Greenland (80.377, -21.734) in July-August, 2019. The c. 8-person expedition will be drilling rock samples from short horizontal caves (max. 100m long), which are accessed via steep scree slopes, short climbs, and abseiling. Additionally, the area will be surveyed for previously undiscovered caves that will be explored and documented for the first time. Previous expedition experience, competance with rope work, and a friendly team-focussed personality are essential, but caving experience is not. Expenses and a wage will be paid. For further details please contact Gina Moseley ( Website: Instagram: @greenland_caves

Christmas Newsletter 2018

In our last publication of 2018, the Christmas Newsletter is packed with photos, videos, intersting news, an update about Penthrox, 2018 Morocco expedition report, advice on getting ski fit, 2019 course news, dates and developments and much more. Read it here. Happy holidays to you all!

EMJ Escape to the wilderness – Harvey Pynn

Escape….to the wilderness is the title of Dr Harvey Pynn’s article in the Emergency Medical Journal Supplement (Dec ’18). In this thoughful piece, Harvey proposes that one antidote to the pressures of hospital work is taking a break and getting away to practice remote medicine where “rewilding” can lower the tempo and allow space to reflect and regenerate. 

Hear more wise words when Harvey is directing the Expedition Medicine course in Chamonix 21-25 January.

Read more here: EMJ Dec 2018 Harvey Pynn article.