Why

Why
Who
Medic to Medic was set up in 2007 by Kate Mandeville, a British doctor. Kate was born in Malawi when her father was working as an engineer there.

History

Medic to Medic was set up in 2007 by Kate Mandeville, a British doctor. Kate was born in Malawi when her father was working as an engineer there. On visiting Malawi years later, she was struck by the scarcity of doctors in the mission hospital where she was born. She went on to visit the one medical school in Malawi, where the staff told her how poor but able students were struggling to get through the course due to lack of funds. Many of these students spent their spare time trying to find extra funding rather than focusing on their studies. Yet these students were the ones more likely to stay and work in Malawi. And the sums involved were tiny compared to educating a medical student in Western countries.

On her return, Kate decided to set up a scheme where UK health professionals would make small donations to support trainee health workers in poor countries. This would give consistency of funding for students, who could then concentrate on their studies. It would also provide a more focused charity option for health professionals or those interested in healthcare overseas.

She contacted the International Medical Education Trust 2000 (IMET2000), a charity dedicated to provide high-curriculum medical education globally. The founder of IMET2000, Professor Colin Green, was immediately taken by the idea and Medic to Medic was born as a programme of IMET2000. Here it grew for 5 years before branching off in November 2012 as it's own UK registered charity, 1149904.  In October 2016 Medic to Medic expanded fund raising operations to the US and established a US non-profit under the internal revenue code section 501c(3).

Our Aims

Health workers

We aim to support trainee healthcare workers throughout their education, so that they can perform to the best of their ability. We want to add to the absolute numbers of health workers in training, in order that there are more graduates in countries with critical shortages.

Equity and Access

We target those who are under represented in the health professions, such as women or those from rural areas. We want to increase the numbers of health workers working in rural areas, so that everyone has equal access to healthcare.

Awareness

We hope to raise awareness of the different conditions facing health professionals worldwide and an appreciation of the global health community.