Irish Medical Organisation

Scientific Session 2

Developing Medicine in the Developing World

Friday 9th April
This session will discuss international aid and health care delivery in the developing world. The most effective forms of aid and global health programmes will be reviewed and a personal account of a doctor who has worked in this area will provide insight into the challenges and benefits of working in such a demanding environment.

Eilish McAuliffe - Director of the Centre for Global Health at TCD

Affecting Change: Where Should the Aid Go?
Eilish Mc Auliffe is Director of the Centre for Global Health at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has worked as a clinician, consultant and academic and lived in Ireland, UK, South African and Malawi, where she worked for Unicef and Irish Aid. Her research is on strengthening health systems in middle and low-income countries, with a particular focus on the human resource crisis and maternal healthcare. In Ireland she has also researched strategy and organizational change, and user involvement in health planning.

Eilish has provided a wide range of consultancy support to governments, NGOs and professional healthcare bodies and has contributed to numerous strategy and policy documents in healthcare in both high and low-income countries. Her published books include: “Changing Healthcare Organisations”, Coghlan & McAuliffe, 2003; “The Politics of Healthcare: Achieving Real Reform” McAuliffe & McKenzie, 2007, and “The Aid Triangle: Recognising the Human Dynamics of Dominance, Justice and Identity” MacLachlan, Carr & McAuliffe, due for publication September 2010.

Dr Diarmuid McClean Development Specialist at Irish Aid

The Irish Contribution to Global Health
Academic: MB BCh (Wits) M Phil (MCH) (Cape Town)

Presently Development Specialist with Irish Aid in Dept of Foreign Affairs based in HQ in Limerick with special responsibility for Global Health and working in a Global Health and HIV team. The work includes engagement with the UN system and its agencies, other international funders and donors in health, management of a portfolio of global health partnerships supported by Irish Aid and provision of country level technical support.

Over 25 years of experience in the management, planning and delivery of health services and considerable consultancy experience, including team leadership experience, gained through his work in a number of African countries. Key specialist technical areas include:

  • health planning and management
  • district health services management
  • HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and support
  • project identification, design and evaluation and proposal preparation
  • project facilitation
  • community development
  • process-orientated planning.

Extensive experience working in public health systems of Zimbabwe and South Africa covering rural health services as District Medical Officer and urban health services as Director of Health and Medical Officer of Health.

Particular experience and expertise in HIV, TB, malaria and other communicable diseases.

Ten years experience as freelance consultant and consultant with Health Partners International involved in a wide scope of work in a number of African countries includeing Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Uganda.

Professor Martin Corbally - Consultant Paediatric Surgeon OLCHC, Associate Professor RCSI and founder of the Paediatric Exchange Programme – Vietnam

A Doctor’s Story from the Field
Seven years ago Professor Martin Corbally founded the Paediatric Exchange Programme - a skills exchange programme between Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Children’s Hospital #2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Teams of specialists have enabled their local Vietnamese counterparts achieve best practice in areas such as Surgical Malformation, Imperforate Anus, Bladder Exstrophy, Congenital Orthopaedic Problems, Hand Reconstruction, Airway Reconstruction and more recently Open-Heart Surgery and Interventional Cardiology.

The Programme was originally funded through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin but for the last three years has been funded solely by Irish Aid. The Paediatric Exchange Programme is run in conjunction with the Christina Noble Foundation.

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