On 22nd of November 2018, Doctors Worldwide was invited to speak on a panel alongside other medical charities during Charity Week at Imperial College to discuss humanitarian aid from a medical charity perspective and our personal experiences.
Our CEO Monowara Gani spoke at the event discussing the importance of sustainable health programmes that work in collaboration with and in service of local communities around the world. Our presentation highlighted that an effective health programme is one that does not waste or duplicate resources or ignore local organisations and people in the design, decision-making and implementation of the project. Medical students felt positively challenged and inspired, as one student said about Doctors Worldwide:
‘Doctors Worldwide’s depth of humanitarian field knowledge, understanding and criticisms were awe-inspiring – thank you so much again for the inspirational talk, I was truly touched and highly appreciate your efforts of ensuring aid work is sustainable. My heart was just bursting with love and motivation afterwards and I hope in the future I will be able to follow your example and contribute to aid work’ (Co-President of Imperial Friends of MSF).
The president of the Muslim Medic Society commented that ‘Doctors Worldwide alongside the other charities were incredibly inspiring and the ambition and intelligence behind their projects was both inspirational and informative. It was particularly great to hear from a charity where the focus was on medical aid and for representatives to take the time out to speak to university students candidly.’
Doctors Worldwide would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making this event possible and we look forward to attending similar events in the future.