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Global Citizen

Global Citizen

The award recognises staff who have travelled overseas to provide healthcare to people in a war torn or developing country.

Despite the pressures of their own jobs within NHSGGC this small team have found the time to help children and youn...

Despite the pressures of their own jobs within NHSGGC this small team have found the time to help children and young people living in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.

The team work with a number of educational teams and the International office, Glasgow Lord Provost Glasgow City Council. Together they are making a difference for the better to the lives of Palestinian families.

They have co-produced a workforce development and applied training programme that will improve the competence and capacity of professionals to improve outcomes for Palestinian infants, children, and adolescents in the domains of health, education, wellbeing, self-determination, and social functioning.

This team work with many educational departments and The Guidance and Training Centre for the Child and Family (GTC) which aims to provide preventive and therapeutic services in the field of mental health for children and families in Bethlehem and throughout the West Bank.

They are visionaries that bring many aspects of healthcare, education and international relations together for the good of others. The team are extremely hard working and passionate about this programme and have visited Bethlehem to facilitate training and support the aims of the project.

The learning from developing an innovative programme in a resource poor environment has been transferred to Glasgow to facilitate closer working between educational psychology, clinical psychology and a wide range of professionals involved in this development e.g. SLTs, Psychiatry, Forensic, Researchers etc. This has encouraged new thinking about collaborations that go out with the usual professional boundaries in a relatively resource and professional rich city like Glasgow.

You won’t ever catch Becky Dunphy lazing on a beach in Spain or shopping in the Big Apple. That’s not what holidays...

Group photo. Becky Dunphy and sister Naomi in Malawi with a group of boys and girls

You won’t ever catch Becky Dunphy lazing on a beach in Spain or shopping in the Big Apple. That’s not what holidays are about for Becky, as senior physiotherapist based in Glasgow.

Since the age of 15 holidays have meant life-saving trips to hospitals in Malawi with her parents Sheila and Fraser and her younger sister Naomi to deliver medical aid and equipment.

“I know it’s not everyone’s idea of a holiday, but I love it,” says 26 year-old Becky, who has just returned from her twelfth trip to the central African nation.

Originally from Arbroath, Becky and her family are part of a charity called the Dalitso Project, which is based in the town and raises funds and delivers aid to alleviate poverty, support education and develop health care in Malawi.

Becky said: “We work in two centres - one in Kambilonjo which is a small town on the Mozambique border in the district of Ntcheu and one in the town of Thyolo within the district of Thyolo.

“Once you travel to somewhere like Malawi, you can’t not go back. When you see the poverty for yourself you realise that life really is unfair and it’s just an accident of birth that I have had great opportunities and they have not.

“These people have become my friends – I take great pride in the work I do there. Recently a girl I have sponsored has now graduated as a nurse and can care for her orphaned nephews and provide for her extended family. That’s why I keep going back!”


Becky is pictured with her sister Naomi. Becky is in green.

Gillian Calder and Jennifer Reekie have been nominated by Mr Stuart Watson, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, for their r...

Gillian Calder and Jennifer Reekie have been nominated by Mr Stuart Watson, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, for their remarkable work in supporting the Burns Unit at Queens Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.

As well as raising more than £12,000 to support the Unit through fundraising events including ceilidhs, race nights and raffles, they have shipped to the Unit a range of medical equipment, dressings and bandages, physio equipment, hand gels, soaps, mattresses, walking frames and clothes and toys for the paediatric patients in the Unit.

They have taught courses for the nurses, physios and doctors in the Unit. But more importantly, they have developed close relationships with the staff in the Unit and have contributed to a huge transformation in the care of both adult and paediatric burns patients in Malawi.