Nursing in the world's most challenging places

Nurses must develop the necessary skills to work in conflict zones and developing countries
Field hospital in Haiti

Josie Gilday has worked in some of the world’s most challenging places, including Haiti after the devastating earthquake and civil war-plagued Ivory Coast and South Sudan.

The specialist HIV nurse has been on a six-month whistle-stop tour of Ethiopia, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo, helping to improve medicine management and supply. She carried out the placements and implemented her own training programme for healthcare staff in South Sudan for charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

‘You are seeing what you can do with next to nothing,’ says Ms Gilday. ‘There is a lot of autonomy. With my national staff team, we make changes quickly that lead to big improvements. On my first mission to South Sudan, I ran an inpatient therapeutic feeding centre and a centre treating people with the infectious disease


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