Global Citizenship Award

The annual Scottish Health Awards Global Citizenship category is for any individual or group or team who participates in high quality, ethical and sustainable global health work in low-and middle-income countries.

It aims to recognise the dedication and commitment of an inspiring individual, group or team who are passionate and committed to working with partners overseas to improve the quality of health and social care.

All staff working in health and social care are eligible including: nurses, doctors and dentists, allied health professions, social workers, social care workers, healthcare scientists, estates and maintenance staff, other support staff and those recently retired within one year.

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Global Citizenship Award finalists for 2023

  • WINNER Dr Andrew Blaikie, NHS Fife, for his leading work to develop an innovative, solar-powered, ultra-low-cost diagnostic tool, the Arclight, which provides access to critical eye care, preventing and diagnosing blindness in low-and-middle-income countries.
  • Dr Mudher Al-Khairalla, NHS Tayside, for his work which has greatly expanded access to specialist respiratory services in Iraq by setting up a new medical school, a teaching hospital and a public-private partnership specialist hospital which trains specialist doctors.
  • Dr Wendy McMullen on behalf of MALSCOT team, NHS Tayside, who have trained and supported Malawian providers to deliver a same day cervical screen and treat programme to >130,000 previously unscreened women in rural Malawi.

Global Citizenship Award finalists for 2022

  • WINNER Andrew Kent, NHS Highland, for a lifetime of service delivering humanitarian care around the world, including through UK Med and the Halo Trust
  • Ishbel Campbell, NHS Lothian, for her work to improve nursing care of fistula and childbirth injury patients in Uganda through the Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund
  • Robert Stewart, NHS Lothian, for his work to improve mental health services in Malawi through the Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project and the University of Edinburgh

3rd Global Citizenship Podcast 

Tune in to Soundcloud or YouTube to hear the 2022 finalists of the Scottish Health Awards Global Citizenship category talk about their incredible global health work overseas!

Global Citizenship Award 2021

  • WINNER Stuart Watson, NHS GG&C, for his work with various charities and organisations, using his skills as a plastic surgeon to improve the lives of people who have suffered from burn and scald injuries in Africa.
  • Dr Lesley Crichton,  NHS Tayside, for her work with the Zambia Anaesthetic Development Program (ZADP) to improve the delivery of safe anaesthesia within Zambia.
  • Dr Penelope Granger, NHS Tayside, for her work with Dundee Dental School to provide dental care and oral hygiene education on the island of Tristan Da Cunha

2nd Global Citizenship Podcast 

Listen to our 2nd podcast with the 3 global citizenship finalists from 2021 talking about the global health partnerships that they have been participating in.

Global Citizenship Award 2020

  • WINNER Mhairi Collie, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian, for her work on fistula repair surgery in Uganda through the charity Uganda Childbirth Injury Fund
  • Jane McGasgill, Consultant Breast Surgeon in NHS Tayside, for her work as part of a team of NHS volunteers and other professionals and volunteers in Palestine through the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
  • Dr Sonali Tarafdar, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ninewells Hospital, NHS Tayside, for her work on eye care and fighting blindness in rural Ethiopia through the charity Fiona’s Eye Fund

1st Global Citizenship Podcast 

Click here to listen to the winner and finalists discussing their global health work.

Global Citizenship Award 2019

  • WINNER Julius Kofi Serebour Donkor, Cardiac Physiologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian, for his commitment to supporting healthcare in Ghana through the provision of donated medical equipment (defibrillators), raising funds for consumables and training local medical staff on the use of equipment.