About Us

Patron

Prof Elizabeth Molyneux

Prof Elizabeth MolyneuxFor over 30 years Professor Elizabeth Molyneux OBE has made a major contribution toward improving children’s health care in Malawi. She began work as a doctor in Malawi in 1974, first in a mission clinic, then at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. She spent 11 years working in emergency medicine at Alder Hey Children’s hospital in Liverpool before returning to Malawi in 1995 as head of the University of Malawi College of Medicine Department of Paediatrics. She developed training programmes in triage and emergency medicine, and worked with the WHO to develop the ETAT training programme, now used worldwide.

Although retiring as head of department in 2009 Prof Molyneux continues to work as a consultant paediatrician in Malawi. Prof Molyneux and her husband Malcolm were awarded the OBE in 2007 for their contribution toward health services in Malawi.

Trustees

Dr Patricia Ainley-Walker

Patricia Ainley-WalkerPat worked in Malawi from November 2006 to May 2007, as a lecturer in paediatrics at the College of Medicine and consultant paediatrician at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. She now works as a paediatrician in Bolton and is a mentor for the RCPCH East Africa ETAT project.

Pat is the treasurer of Children's Medical Care Malawi.

‘The sheer number of sick children, severity of illness and the shortage of equipment and medicines could feel overwhelming at times. But the work could also be very rewarding and the dedication and resourcefulness of Malawian healthcare workers was both inspiring and humbling. ETAT provides such practical training for working in a country like Malawi. Teaching on the course and watching the growing confidence and enthusiasm of the participants, and the plans they drew up to improve children’s care and to teach others, was a real privilege.’

Dr Emily Chesshyre

Emily ChesshyreEmily Chesshyre worked as a paediatric registrar at the College of Medicine and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi from May 2006 until June 2007. She is currently completing her specialist paediatric training in South West England

Emily is the Equal Opportunities Officer for Children’s Medical Care Malawi

“I saw first hand how the ability of a hospital to provide basic paediatric resuscitation skills and have the basic equipment can really save children’s lives. Without these there are potentially avoidable deaths of children every day. Whilst living in Malawi, and on a return trip in May 2008, I taught on several ETAT courses in Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital Blantyre, Thyolo District Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital Lilongwe. It was a delight to see the enthusiasm of local staff learning new skills and seeing what a difference they could make."

Dr Oliver Jefferis

Oliver JefferisOlly Jefferis worked as a Lecturer in Paediatrics at the College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi from April 2006 to June 2007 as part of the RCPCH/VSO fellowship scheme. During that time he also worked as ETAT mentor for Zomba Central Hospital. Olly is now a general paediatrician working in Oxford. He is on the committee of the International Child Health Group of the RCPCH and is a Doctor Adviser for VSO

Olly is secretary of Children’s Medical Care Malawi.

"It’s an amazing thing to save a child’s life, to see them near death and give them the chance to live again. So it’s a privilege to be involved in teaching people to help save children’s lives. And even better – teaching people how to teach people to save children’s lives!”

Dr John Morrice

John MorriceJohn Morrice worked as the only paediatric doctor in Mzuzu Central Hospital in northern Malawi for a year in 2001-2002 as part of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health-Voluntary Services Overseas Fellowship. He has also worked as a mission doctor in Bangladesh. John now works as a consultant paediatrician at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.

John is the chairman of Children’s Medical Care Malawi

During my time in Malawi I had seen the challenges that there were in delivering effective emergency care to children in the government and mission hospital settings. Malawi is a beautiful place with people who are warm and friendly, it was great to have the opportunity to visit again and return to some of the places that I worked before. I enjoy teaching and being part of a project that could have such a significant impact in empowering local people to improve under-5 mortality is immensely rewarding.”

Dr Louisa Pollock

Louisa PollockLouisa Pollock worked in Malawi from January 2006 to July 2007 as a lecturer in paediatrics at the College of Medicine and paediatric doctor at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre. Whilst in Malawi she was an ETAT mentor for Mulanje District and Mulanje Mission Hospitals.

Louisa is a general paediatrician with an interest in infectious diseases and global child health. She will return to work at the College of Medicine in Malawi in September 2014.

 

'Working in Malawi, I was frequently amazed by the committment of Malawian healthcare workers caring for children in desperately deprived circumstances. Teaching ETAT has shown me that lives can be saved by simple measures. How can one person make a big difference? By training twenty people how to make a small difference.”'