The Need

Doctor Stories

From a busy city girl to a rural family life
12 March 2015

Read about a Dutch doctor's rural journey in Mpumalanga Read full story

Doctor follows his heart to South Africa
21 August 2014

“Follow your heart and if you embrace South Africa, be prepared to be embraced back.” This is the advice of UK doctor Graeme Spittal after living in the country for nearly a decade. Eight years ago he left Glasgow in Scotland, to “spread his wings and give South Africa a try”. Leaving friends and family behind his plan was to stay for one year, but life had other plans for the Paediatric Specialist who is about to become a South African citizen. Read full story

Working in Africa rewarding and stimulating
30 May 2014

Three times a year Dr Robert Ferns packs his bags in the UK and travels to South Africa, something he has been doing for the last four years. The trips he takes to and from South Africa each year are to supplement health services for those in need. Read full story

Making a difference, one patient at a time
30 April 2014

Christmas Day in 2013 will always stand out for Dr Elaine Yip. In the midst of festivities she was hard at work with colleagues to save the life of a pregnant woman whose baby died in her uterus. Read full story