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Dr Jenny Gibson, pupil c1945-50, Obituary



Dr Jenny Gibson 13/4/1931-4/8/2019

The following obituary was sent to us by Dr Jenny Gibson's niece, Judy Gibson:

Dr Jenny Gibson MBE. Born April 13th 1931, her father an outspoken socialist Methodist minister.  She attended Hunmanby Hall School, Girton College, Cambridge and Middlesex Hospital Medical School University.  She later got a Diploma in Anaesthetics, one in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and in 1971 passed the MRCP Diploma.

Her training as a doctor enabled her to follow her ambition to take up missionary work in India and Africa. She spent a large portion of her life in Sierra Leone as a physician specialist at Bo Government hospital from 1973-1986 and then at the Methodist Nixon Memorial Hospital in Segbwma until 1994.  She battled to provide health care to whoever came to the hospital despite severe lack of funds and equipment, and through the violence and disruptions caused by civil war, her own needs and safety always a last consideration.  When in Bo she carried out studies on patients with TB drug resistance to whom she provided specialist TB drugs. Much of this work and the care was funded in large part by Jenny herself through her working as an SHO locum in Birmingham when on furlough.  In recognition of this work and her exceptional contribution to humanity, she was awarded an MBE.

When she finally retired from overseas work, she took up a strenuous life of voluntary work. For 11 years she worked as volunteer medico-legal report writer at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Survivors of Torture later re-named Freedom From Torture.  She also campaigned relentlessly for Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement), CND and Christian Aid as well as many local charities and causes.  She was driven by her profound faith and her optimism that a justice led, peaceful society was a worthy and achievable goal. She has received many tributes from those who knew her remembering her commitment to her beliefs, her humility, her stubbornness and her great sense of humour. She died August 4th2019.

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