WHO WE ARE
We have registered charitable status in three countries, the UK, New Zealand and Malawi, which makes for a diverse team with a range of skills and experience to ensure the effective running of our organisation.
Chief Executive Officer & Trustee
Tamsin is an urgent care doctor working in Rotorua New Zealand with an interest in global health. She has been involved with Medic to Medic since 2009 having set up and run the Norwich medical school student branch. She has completed a Masters in International Health and the East African Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2018 she worked in Zambia as a family doctor and saw first hand the challenges faced by rural health workers in Africa.
Malawi General Manager
Helen was an administrative assistant for the dean of students (DOS) office at the Malawi college of medicine for over ten years. She has been a strong advocate for students who have been coming to her for guidance in their search for practical ways to continue their careers. She retired from the college of Medicine in 2021 and has been working with Medic to Medic as the general manager of our Blantyre operations base ever since.
Alice is a lecturer in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences. After pursuing her Master of Science in Cardiovascular health and rehabilitation at the University of Chester, Alice is now doing her PhD studies in cardiac rehabilitation at the University of Hull in United Kingdom. Her focus is on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease among people living with HIV in Malawi. Her ambition is to establish approaches which could be used by Malawians living in both rural and urban settings to access and utilize the cardiovascular disease targeted preventive interventions such as exercise therapy, education, and counselling.
Hawah is a Medical officer at Mzuzu Central Hospital, northern Malawi. She has worked with Medic to Medic since 2017 as a Medic to Medic representative in the northern region. She is currently studying Masters in Dermatology and Venerealogy at Regional Dermatology Center in Tanzania. She is passionate about dermatology and global health dermatology.
Fanuel graduated as a physiotherapist in 2018. He completed a Masters of cardio- respiratory studies with distinction in 2022 from UCL. He is now based at the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Programme and is a physiotherapy lecturer at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences. He is also an Editor for the Malawi Medical Journal.
Jeremiah is a pharmacist and works as a retail pharmacist at Pharmacare in Blantyre. He volunteered to be part of the Malawi team and has been helpful in looking after students who have had welfare concerns. Additionally he has helped run health checks for fundraising in Blantyre.
Thokozire is a pharmacist, currently working in a retail pharmacy in Blantyre Limbe Malawi. She was a Medic to Medic beneficiary from 2015 to 2017. Now a trustee and a volunteer for the Malawi team. She is also volunteering with Imind youth organisation which focuses on mental health awareness to the youth in the country.
Matt helps Medic to Medic by developing relationships with corporate partners. He has spent a few years as a recruitment consultant in London, and then worked on various overseas missions’ projects. He is looking to use his communication and business development skills alongside his passion for international development to improve healthcare infrastructure in Africa.
Programme Administrator (UK)
Sheena volunteers for Medic to Medic. She works full time at the Royal Free Charity in London. Sheena helps submit our gift aid applications and in the past has helped us with our annual monitoring visits in Malawi pre covid.
Bryony first travelled to Malawi in 2010 to do her elective as a medical student. She was struck by the vast differences in healthcare provision in comparison to the NHS in the UK. She initially got involved with Medic to Medic by sponsoring a medical student and later by joining in with the recycling schemes raising money for Medic to Medic. She has been promoting the charity to anyone that will listen and in 2021 joined us as a trustee.
Robin studied Pharmacy in Tübingen, Germany and finished his Degree in 2019. In 2018 he received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to do a study about the availability and affordability of antimalarial drugs in comparison to antihypertensives in all 24 primary health centre's of the Blantyre district for the College of Medicine Blantyre (Malawi). There he got to know Medic to Medic and since then he has been an active volunteer and helping to promote our activities.
A qualified accountant, Dave has spent his career in both the petrochemical & automotive industries. Focused mainly on process improvement in his early career he brought his financial background to bear on the deployment of “Lean” process improvement tools. However, this soon developed into Strategy development and deployment and the behaviour changes required to bring about sustainable change. In the last phase of his career, he focused mainly on driving large digital transformations. Dave developed an interest and fascination with Africa while working in South Africa and now wants to help bring sustainable medical capability to Malawi.
William Stones is a UK trained obstetrician-gynaecologist with global and public health interests. He has been affiliated with Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (formerly the College of Medicine) in Malawi since 2014. He currently lives and works in Nevis (Caribbean) and maintains online teaching and research links with Malawian university colleagues and postgraduate students.
Liz is a GP and clinician for NHS Practitioner Health who lived in Malawi for 3 years. During this time, she became interested in the wellbeing of medical students, helping to set up a student peer support group as part of the College of Medicine's student wellbeing programme. She was touched by the students' stories; learning to deliver health care in a resource poor setting as well as dealing with considerable financial and family issues. Through this group she became aware of the amazing support Medic to Medic give and the real difference that it makes.
Anisha Palanivelu Viswanathan
Anisha is a doctor working at Hutt Hospital in Wellington. She first got involved with Medic to Medic as a 4th year medical student in Rotorua, helping sell masks as a fundraiser during the pandemic. Anisha has since been involved with raising awareness about Medic to Medic amongst medical students and junior doctors.
Sophie is an accountant in Auckland New Zealand and recently joined the New Zealand Medic to Medic team as a trustee in early 2023.
Having completed her bachelor's degree in Accounting and Commercial Law in 2020, she has been completing her accounting qualifications with CPA Australia.
Being the daughter of a nurse who has previously worked for a medical charity, Sophie has heard
first-hand how greatly a community can benefit from the support of charities such as Medic to Medic.
Melissa is an Urgent Care Doctor working in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her interest in global health began when she was travelling in Asia in 2011. This led her to make a career change into medicine. While working in Myanmar with Yangon Medical school, she saw the additional challenges medical students face in countries where there is a lack of accessible funding. This can determine between those who can complete their studies and go on to contribute to the healthcare in their country and those who are unable to. She joined Medic to Medic to help address these inequalities in accessing medical education in other countries.