Join us in this special conversation hosted by Eoin Walker as Saleyha Ahsan and Steve Mannion discuss the impact humanitarian and medical aid will have on the people of Ukraine, and how the medical community can assist.
Saleyha came to medicine later in life, after a spell in the British Army. After graduating out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps.
It was during her non-medical role of Medical Support Officer in Bosnia that Saleyha was inspired and encouraged by her military medical commanders to apply for medicine. She found herself at medical school in Dundee and never looked back.
After leaving the army, Saleyha continued to travel into hostile environments, but this time as a filmmaker and freelance journalist. She has worked and written for the BBC, Channel 4 News, the Guardian and on-line news, Latitude News.
Saleyha is currently nervously awaiting her results for her Masters in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, from Essex University. She undertook this to support her work with Medical Justice as a volunteer doctor assessing victims of torture seeking asylum.
She is currently on the Diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine and has a BSc in Chemistry, while also working as a Staff Grade in A and E in London. She is in the edit stage of her latest documentary about frontline medicine in Libya, having just returned from six months out there working as a volunteer medic and filming Libyan volunteer doctors working during the battle for Bani Walid.
Whilst in Malawi Steve was the only orthopaedic surgeon for the central and northern regions of the country, a catchment population of 6-7 million people. Returning to the UK in early 2003 he did a short knee surgery fellowship at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London before taking up his post in Blackpool.
In his UK practice he welcomes referrals in general orthopaedics, but he has a special interest in lower limb arthroplasty and knee arthroscopy. He continues to return to Malawi on a regular basis where he is still involved in training and research programmes.
His interests include fitness training, running, sailing and marathon canoeing. He plays jazz / blues percussion and the blues harmonica.
He is very much a Lancashire lad; both his grandmothers were boarding house land ladies in Blackpool, he was educated at Arnold School in Blackpool and his first ever paid employment was on Blackpool Pleasure Beach selling hot-dogs!