MhairiCollie, who has taken over from Brian as chair of UCIF, is a colo-rectal surgeon based in Edinburgh, married with 2 children and one springer spaniel. She is seen here with her Ugandan Colleague Dr Ian Asiimwe.
She has been visiting Africa regularly since 1999, and has been treating obstetric fistulae patients there since 2001. She mainly visits Uganda, although she has worked in Ethiopia and Ghana in the past and has visited the world-famous Addis Ababa Fistula hospital.
She is passionate about helping fistula sufferers – having become aware of the terrible, life-shattering consequences of obstructed labour and fistulae. Seeing the transformation of the lives of those patients after successful surgery motivates her very strongly to keep trying to raise the profile of these patients and to try to keep going out to Uganda to undertake surgery in special surgical camps.
At present she visits 2-3 times per year in her own time. In the UK, Mhairi has a specialist interest in treating patients with incontinence. She is aware of an exchange of surgical skills development between the UK and Uganda, with benefits to patients in both countries from work she undertakes in each.