South Sudan Deployment
Cat Davison takes us through her recent 8-month peacekeeping deployment in South Sudan, including the medical aspects, the highs and lows, and how others can work for the UN.
Dr Cat Davison is a GP and Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force. She has just finished an 8-month peacekeeping role in South Sudan as the Deputy Force Medical Officer for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) working in the Headquarters in Juba. Before that, she led as Officer Commanding, RAF Tactical Medical Wing, responding to humanitarian crises and defence needs around the world through evacuation and medical care. Her team was a key part of the British Overseas Territories relief effort after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Cat has worked as a doctor in Afghanistan, East Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and more, and recently managed all medical support to UK military operations in Africa. She is trained to survive in the jungle, has been the doctor for military desert and jungle survival training, taken twenty-five people up Mount Kilimanjaro, and ran the 2016 Marathon Des Sables. She enjoys the entrepreneurial side of life, with an interest in supporting medical-technology start-ups; she works with VALA Health, an online GP company approved by health regulator CQC and is one-half of property investors E&C Property Group.