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developing health course

Healthcare in resource-poor settings for doctors, nurses, midwives and therapists

Two week course, 8 - 20 July 2018 at the London School of Theology, Northwood

The course will be reviewed this year so content may differ from the description below, but the overall aim will be the same.


Fees for the course cover accommodation and meals.

The following issues will be covered: global health, HIV, strengthening health care systems, paediatrics, tropical medicine, general medicine, trauma and orthopaedics, surgery, women's health, mental health, migration, trauma and orthopaedics.

Nurses: 2018 will continue a nurses 'stream' of learning together about nursing in resource poor countries. Come and be a part of this!

2017 Course details

pdf file If you prefer not to book online, a printable booking form and full course details are available here.


Mission Fair, Wednesday 5 July 2017

This was a unique opportunity to meet representatives from mission agencies and support organisations involved in medical work. The fair is held during the course but is open to all healthcare professionals whether part of the course or not.

Admission is free.

In 2017 over 20 organisations exhibited, including SIM, CMS, Interserve, Medair, AIM, Mercy Ships, All Nations Christian College and others. This will be a feature of next year's course as well.

Video about the course

Teaching is given in a Christian context but participants of other faiths and none are welcomed and have benefitted from the course in previous years.

Course Directors

Fi McLachlan - Course Organiser, Head of International Ministries, CMF

Dr Ian Spillman MRCP FRCPCH DA DTM&H DCH - Medical Director, Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda

Course Administrator

Dionysia Ayeni - CMF International Coordinator

Course Hosts

Ian and Hanna Spillman


The Developing Health Course has been running for over 50 years, equipping hundreds of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals for work in resource-poor settings. Previous participants have commented:

'This is by far the best course I have ever attended'

'We have really enjoyed every moment of very day on this course. We have found it challenging, inspiring, informative & applicable'

'All that I was hoping for and more'

'This course is excellent! It's good for the young ones who are planning to go, for the older ones who are in the thick of it and old people, like me, who are looking to see where God can use them in the last lap!'

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