Welcome to Dr Marian Davis, our Youth-Friendly Services Manager

November 23, 2017

 

We’re pleased to announce that Dr Marian Davis has joined the team of Network coordinator, the Margaret Pyke Trust. Marian will be focusing on improving health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, for young people in south-west Uganda.  

Dr Davis, who has over 30 years’ experience in adolescent healthcare, joins us from Herefordshire, where she has set up a number of young people’s clinics in schools and ran a young people’s clinic at her GP practice for over 20 years. Marian is also experienced in delivering health services in low-resource settings, including Syrian refugee camps and Uganda.  

“Young people face a multitude of issues, from puberty to sexual health, to peer pressure and mental health, and specialised youth services provide the support they need to thrive, at what is a difficult time in their lives” explains Marian.

Youth focused services provide young people with an opportunity to access a wide range of services from one place. “They might come in initially to show you a sore foot but after a short time speaking with them, they are more likely to mention an issue at home or at school that’s been bothering them” explains Marian, “or they might want to access sexual health services at the same time, as it’s a more discrete location than, say, attending a specialised sexual health clinic, which might be more embarrassing for them.”

Marian will be developing youth-friendly healthcare training to be implemented, at first, in and around Bwindi Community Hospital in south-west Uganda. Dr Davis will also be assisting us to develop integrated population, health and environment training materials, benefitting the community surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This project forms an important part of the Network's population, health and environment advocacy.

“We’re delighted that Marian has joined our team. She brings a wealth of experience that will strengthen our work and ensure young people are able to access vital healthcare services”, said Margaret Pyke Trust Chief Executive, David Johnson.

Read more about Marian on our staff page.