11 October 2010
GCU PhD student Kellie Gibson
GCU PhD student Kellie Gibson travelled to Bangladesh over the weekend to start her Gordon Masterton/ Magnusson Award funded work there with leprosy patients.
Kellie, whose PhD focuses on personalised foot orthotics for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, is volunteering with the Leprosy Mission International and will spend time supporting the rehabilitation work conducted in a number of clinics across the country. She will also visit the GCCN in Dhaka, a partnership between GCU and the Grameen Trust, to meet students and share her experiences with them.
Says Kellie: “I feel the invaluable experience of volunteering and working alongside the health-care professionals in Bangladesh will be a life changing experience. I have no doubt that this will open my eyes and allow me to fully understand how people live and the quality of life they have. My main goal is to bond with the people, listen to what they have to endure and most importantly, try to make a difference in the short time I have there.”
The Magnus Magnusson Awards, established in 2008 in honour of the late broadcaster and former chancellor of GCU, provide funding and opportunities to help students and academics in the early years of their careers follow their dreams and make a positive impact on the world. Previous winners have used their funds to make a difference to waste management in Sierra Leone, healthcare in Malawi and sexual health in Kenya.
Read more about Kellie’s progress in her blog.