I helped set up “Doctors For Africa” because I felt strongly for the need for more structured maternity and medical care in Africa having worked voluntarily before in Uganda on an initiative to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV. I am well aware of the magnitude of the task before me in setting up permanent maternity health institutions and systems across Africa. It is a long-term project, which will have its highs and lows, but also a project I simply cannot turn my back on.
Working in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK has exposed me to a culture of continued commitment to improving maternal health care. This is a culture I would like to see transferred to Africa. The high standards of healthcare seen the UK did not occur overnight, but developed due to a sustained effort of commitment by governments, individuals in the public and health sector and continued investment in facilities and staff. This level of commitment and investment is definitely a goal for Africa to pursue to improve the health for its people.