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Medics abroad; The Oscars

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 03 March 2012

Sandi Toksvig hears about medical work abroad from Dr Marie Charles who runs an organisation which places volunteer doctors and nurses in developing countries to impart their skills to local medical workers. She tells of her experiences travelling the world in the course of her work. And dentist Ian Wilson relates how he used his skills to start an oral health programme in Tanzania. Sandi also meets writer and comedian Liz Carr who explains how she went to join the red carpet crowds in Hollywood for the Oscars.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Dr Marie Charles

    is the founder and CEO of Global Medic Force/Force Mondiale des Médecins, an international not-for-profit organization which arranges for 1700 volunteer doctors to bring their skills and advice to the developing world across four continents. Marie is also a medical doctor and has worked extensively abroad she will be speaking at the Royal Geographic Society on 7th March the subject of Global Health in the 21st Century: Preventing Pandemics and Fighting Disease.

    7 March 2012: Global health in the 21st Century
    Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
    1 Kensington Gore
    London SW7 2AR
    Tickets line: 020 7591 3100
    RGS-IBG main switchboard: 020 7591 3000

    Find out more about Marie Charles
  • Ian Wilson

    is a dentist and lives with his family in Leeds and Mwanza, second city of Tanzania on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. In 2002 Ian set up his own charity Bridge2Aid to provide dental care mainly in rural Tanzania. Ian has travelled and worked across much of Africa to train local people in dental skills.

    Contact info@bridge2aid.org

    Find out more about Bridge2Aid
  • Liz Carr

    is a writer and comedienne who tried her luck at the ballot on the Oscars’ website where fans apply to go along and she was one of the 800 lucky winners out of 20,000. Having made her own travel arrangements, flight and hotel, Liz arrived at the red carpet ahead of the stars giving her a chance to watch the preparations.

    Find out more about Liz Carr
  • Tickets to the Oscars

    Information on how to get tickets to the Oscars can be found on The Academy's official website.

    Check from August for details of next year's ballot. In the past the site gave dates when they're open for applicants. It's usually for a week in September. At that time, applicants can register online and should hear by the end of of the month whether or not they been successful.

    The Academy - Bleacher Seat Registration



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