For this week’s alumni profile we spoke to alumnus, Dr Charlie Easmon. Charlie is Medical Director of Your Excellent Health Service and the Co-founder of Global Health Action Strategies & Solutions (GHASS). He studied at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 1994.
What did you study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and why?
I studied an MSc Public Health because I love travel, people, history and cultures.
How has your degree helped you in your career?
It has given me a whole new perpective on health and health systems, and motivated me to ‘literally’ aim to change the world.
What challenges did you face while studying at the School?
I was self-funded and I did not receive a grant, so the main challenge was main was ad financial one. The second was time as I had to study while still earning a living.
Were the relationships you formed at the School useful?
I met great people with a common interest – what more can I say. I am delighted to maintain my connection to LSHTM through charitable giving and I look at the alumni network as a valuable life resource – part of my coalition of talent for GHASS.
What has been your greatest achivement or proudest moment in your career?
Setting up a refugee camp from scratch for 12,000 people on volcanic land in Rwanda in 1996 – 2 years post genocide – whilst working for the charity Merlin.
What do you hope to further achieve in your field in the future?
Through GHASS I aim to give poor and disadvantaged patients a second, independent opinion that they can compare with advice from UN agencies.
What advice do you have for current students?
Enjoy the people as well as the study. We all have micro and macro-cosms of knowledge that you can only delve into by talking. Make no assumptions. Be original in thought and be prepared to challenge current orthodoxy.
Images courtesy of Dr Charlie Easmon.
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