Working Abroad – sabbaticals
and the like….
Are they a good idea?
Ken Oates October 2014
Ken’s sabbatical
June – August 2014
What did I do?...
Univ of Edinburgh
Makerere, Kampala
African PCA
3 year project
Develop Palliative
Care in 4 sub-Saharan
My work streams
• Visited main PC sites
• Met with all key stakeholders
• Reviewed PC registers/data and described
epidemiology and service use
• Stock take of current PC provision in Rwanda
• Evaluated progress so far with THET project
• Identified success, gaps and challenges
• Proposed model for PC roll out in next 3 years
• Agreed by MoH at stakeholder workshop in August
• Advocate for PC in Rwandan MoH and with NCD
• Advocate for curriculum development to include PC
• Encouraged the MoH to procure morphine for pain
See a different health service
- Kibagabaga District Hospital
Meet new people
Experience new sights, sounds….
and smells!
If you are thinking about it then –
Some useful documents
Supportive organisations
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
“Volunteering in low resource healthcare settings provides one
of the several ways that UK healthcare professionals can
increase their expertise in global health. In combination with a
career in the NHS, volunteering can provide additional value to
the individual and the NHS as well as making a critical
contribution to improving health in developing countries.” (March
Public Health England
“Work in other countries on global health is good for public health in
the UK as well as being a good thing to do” (Duncan Selbie,
Chief Executive, Public Health England, July 2014)
Useful weblinks
Department for International Development
Scottish Government
Tropical Health Education Trust
Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh
Faculty of Public Health

Working Abroad - sabbaticals and the like