The photo above is of 4-year old Anowar and his mum and brother. They've fled Myanmar and are living in a refugee camp in Kutupalong, Bangladesh. Anowar had just been treated for diphtheria, a treatable but life-threatening disease, by UK doctors and nurses who have been trained by UK-Med.
Each year millions of people like Anowar and his family are caught up in humanitarian crises. UK-Med train and deploy medical teams and specialists to save lives when epidemics, conflict and natural disasters hit. As disasters grow more frequent, severe and complex there has never been a greater need to respond quickly and effectively.
We believe in a world prepared to help when disaster hits. Using our deployment experience, commitment to clinical excellence and unparalleled access to UK medical expertise we strive to make that a reality. We are supported by our membership - a group of clinicians and experts committed to humanitarian principles. Harnessing the skills of our members, we train local, regional and international medical teams so the nearest team can respond quickly and save lives. Our training for our members in the UK, and for teams overseas, is regarded as world-class. We are core partners in the UK Emergency Medical Team, funded by UK Aid from the British people, ready to deploy in twelve hours to disasters anywhere in the world. Where there are gaps in global expertise we deploy specialists. We work with academics and other leading NGOs to constantly improve technical standards across the sector, ensuring people caught in disasters receive the best possible care.
So, I'm getting on my trainers again and this time I'm not just saying 'This is the year I run a marathon', I'm doing it. Manchester Half in May and Chester Full in October. I can currently run 4 miles at a push, only another 22 to go right?
It has always been an ambition of mine but I've always been to nervous to try. So please, any donation, large or small, will make a big difference and will keep me pushing through the wall.