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Whether it's the training of an orthopaedic surgeon or programme management, our international staff not only provide their expertise, but train local people and communities to ensure that there is a legacy of skills for the future.
Below are a few of CBM's British and/or UK-supported professionals who are currently working overseas.
Dr Colin Cook has been working with CBM in Africa since 1996. He is CBM's Senior Eye Medical Advisor and is based at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
Liz Cross, a social worker from England, began working with CBM in 1988. In 2010 Liz moved to the Bangkok Regional Office and is now Deputy Regional Director for the Central East Asia Office. Lis is also a Regional Advisor for community-based rehabilitation (CBR).
Dr Julian Eaton is CBM's Mental Health Advisor for West Africa, and is based in Togo. Julian's work includes supporting regional partners as they develop mental health work in their projects and working with other organisations (including governments) to improve the services that they offer to people with mental health problems.
Dr Anthony Hall is the CBM Ophthalmologist and Head of the Eye Department at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. He has been there for 9 years. KCMC is a busy referral hospital for over 15 million people. It was also the location for CBM's 10 millionth cataract surgery in 2010.
Dr Andrew Hodges is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who joined CBM in 2005. He is based in Kampala and works at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda (CoRSU) Rehabilitation Hospital, helping the many children and adults who are suffering severe disability which can be restored through reconstructive surgery.
Dr Steve Mannion is Orthopaedic Advisor to CBM, and regularly works with us in places such as Malawi and Papua New Guinea where he champions the Ponseti Method - a non-surgical corrective treatment for clubfoot. In 2008 he appeared on BBC One's 'Super Doctors' alongside Lord Winston.
Ingrid Mason works as CBM's Regional Director for Central Africa, based in Nairobi. She joined CBM in 1995 as an overseas specialist, and has a background in eye care, education and development.
Silvana Mehra is the Regional Director for Central East Asia Region. Her experience with CBM in Asia contributes greatly to her work with people with disabilities.
Dr Andrew Potter has worked with CBM since 1984 in francophone countries in West Africa. In Parakou, Andrew works at André de Tinré Hospital, large eye hospital in French West Africa. It conducts over 4,000 operations each year including outreach clinics throughout Benin and into neighbouring countries. The hospital is also a training centre for eye nurses and ophthalmologists.
Anita Smeets joined CBM in 2006 and worked in the Great Lakes region of Africa. In 2009 she became CBM's Regional Director for East Africa, based in Kenya. Anita is now the Deputy Vice President of Programme Development, and based in Germany.