Gillian Murray

2014 Catholic Bishops’ Conference Magnusson Award
MSc Public Health 2014

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"It is easy to take for granted the excellent health care we receive here in Scotland. From visiting another third world country previously on another health project I was inspired to visit Tanzania. I feel this has had a major impact on my confidence as a practitioner and as a woman."

With her Magnusson award funding, Gillian travelled to Tanzania to participate in the “Kangaroo Mother Care” project, a life-saving initiative for premature and vulnerable babies. Most hospitals in the region cannot afford equipment such as incubators; however an alternative is using skin-to-skin contact. 

Based in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar Es Salaam, Gillian initially worked in a labour ward to deliver new-borns. She was shocked to learn that one in five babies delivered died each day, and many deaths were preventable. 

Working in a neo-natal care unit with some of the most at risk babies, she taught new mothers how to keep babies warm through continuous skin-to-skin contact. This prevents infections whilst also keeping the babies’ temperature, breathing and brain activity constant. 

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