Working in international health is a practical guide for UK health professionals wanting to work in low and middle-income countries. Drawing on the experience of a broad range of people who have made working in international health a reality, the book is an essential guide, whether you plan to work internationally as a one-off, for a protracted period, or even as a full-time career.
It addresses the what, where and hows of international work. Early chapters cover issues such as whether working overseas is possible for you, how to arrange a placement, key considerations when choosing a location, and the reality of working conditions in resource-poor and emergency contexts. It includes a detailed description of all major recruiting organizations for UK health professionals, who they're looking for and their application process.
Uniquely it not only focuses on the individual, but also the 'host' country and health system. How can your time overseas benefit rather than burden your host country? A reality check is important, and later chapters consider how one can work with colleagues overseas to bring about long-lasting change.
Drawing on the latest guidance and knowledge, and written by highly experienced, well-travelled experts, this book has something for everyone, whether you are a medical student planning your first elective overseas, or a seasoned international worker wanting to broaden your options and understand some of the issues in more depth.
Maia Gedde is an international development professional with experience of programme management and institutional capacity building in the health, education and employment sectors. While at THET she helped to develop, coordinate and evaluate health partnerships between the NHS and hospitals and training institutions in Malawi, Ghana and Uganda. She wrote the first and second editions of The International Health Links Manual: a guide to starting up and maintaining long term health partnerships. She currently lives between Rwanda and Morocco. Susana Edjang is a physiotherapist and development economist based in London, UK. She worked at THET where she was Health Links Manager in charge of supporting and promoting institutional health partnerships across the UK's health and development organisations. She is now the Programme Manager of the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance, a growing network of 45 Zambian and UK health organisations that support health initiatives in Zambia. Susana is also a member of the Council of the Royal African Society, and a trustee of Progressio, an INGO engaged in civil society development in 11 countries around the world. Kate Mandeville was born in Malawi and grew up in Nepal. She studied medicine at Imperial College London. During her foundation training, she set up Medic to Medic, a charity supporting trainee health workers in low-income countries. In 2008, she began her specialist training in public health medicine and completed a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently a Clinical Research Fellow at LSHTM, researching a PhD into the cost-effectiveness of incentives to retain health workers.
SECTION 1: IS INTERNATIONAL HEALTH FOR ME?; SECTION 2: MAKING IT HAPPEN; SECTION 3: IN THE FIELD; SECTION 4: COMING HOME; APPENDIX 1; APPENDIX 2; APPENDIX 3