After extensive travel and work overseas, John Yudkin helped to set up the International Health and Medical Education Centre at University College London. Padimasayee Papineni finds out about his work and what spurs him on
- By: Padmasayee Papineni
I did my preclinical studies at St John's, Cambridge, and my clinical studies at University College Hospital, London, and qualified in 1967. It was at medical school that I met fellow student Gill, who is now my wife of 39 years' standing; we got married one year into our clinical course.
During our house jobs in London, Gill and I decided that we wanted to work abroad and applied to the Voluntary Service Overseas to go to India. The only placement for two doctors together, however, was in northern Tanzania, which we accepted.
The changes I witnessed in Tanzania made me contemplate the deficiencies in international academic relationships, in particular the ignorance of Western medical institutions to the issues of availability that developing countries are struggling with. I felt that focusing on raising consciousness among medical students in a more structured way was a key step. I went to see