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Ces O'Hanlon, ESD MPhil student (13-14) writes "Secret Aid Worker" article in the Guardian

last modified Jun 21, 2016 02:21 PM
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Ces O'Hanlon, ESD MPhil student (13-14) writes "Secret Aid Worker" article in the Guardian

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Read Ces O'Hanlon's (ESD MPhil 13-14) "Secret Aid Worker" article in the Guardian about her work in South Sudan with Medicins Sans Frontieres.

Ces is currently on her first mission for MSF, working as a Water and Sanitation engineer (WatSan) in Lankien, South Sudan, which is the site of one of MSF’s largest and longest running hospitals.

The hospital runs an out-patient and in-patient department treating malaria, malnutrition, TB and Kala Azar, one of the most dangerous neglected tropical diseases.

Whilst I studied for an undergraduate degree in civil and environmental engineering, I spent several of the summers volunteering in El Salvador on water and sanitation projects. After graduating, I worked as a water engineer in El Salvador, Mexico and India before doing a Masters in Engineering for Sustainable Development. (Text taken from MSF website)

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

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