Tony Redmond spoke to Radio 4 about ’life changing’ early experiences in humanitarian healthcare

Professor Tony Redmond spoke to Radio 4 about ’life changing’ early experiences in humanitarian healthcare

Co-founder of HCRI and doctor Prof Tony Redmond spoke to Radio 4 about how two events in 1988 - the Armenian earthquake and the Lockerbie bombing - changed the course of his life and the practices of emergency medical response in disaster zones.

On Wednesday, 8 May 2024, Professor Tony Redmond OBE spoke to Radio 4’s ’Life Changing’ programme, describing his early years in the NHS and the extreme challenges of international and UK medical deployments in the late 1980s.

Prof Redmond is a specialist in emergency medicine and has been involved in international humanitarian assistance for almost 25 years, organising medical support to natural disasters, major incidents and complex emergencies throughout the world.

Speaking to Dr Sian Williams, he told Radio 4 that his early experiences, including leading a team of eight Manchester clinicians responding to a major earthquake in Armenia which led to a life-long mission to improve standards and outcomes for international medical deployments.

This work included:
  • Co-founding the Manchester-based charity UK-Med, a WHO-verified Emergency Medical Team supporting the UK government’s frontline health response to disasters overseas.
  • Co-founding the University’s Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), which brings together scholars from the humanities and medicine to study best practice in conflict response, global health, disaster management, and peacebuilding.
  • Co-founding the Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, incorporating the lessons of international emergency response into formal medical training.

To listen to this inspiring interview, visit the BBC website.

Prof Redmond will also be speaking on Sunday, 9 June, at an event organised by HCRI as part of the Universally Manchester Festival.