Brian Magowan is a Consultant Obstetrician based in Scotland, and he is the Co-Chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Guideline development committee.
He also has an interest in International Health, with a current research project in Malawi and a multi-hospital improvement program in Rwanda. He joined UK-Med in 2018 and, in partnership with UK-Med and Save the Children, he was deployed to Samoa during the recent measles outbreak.
He has recently written the WHO’s recommendations for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health care. These were felt to be required as pregnant women, women in labour, newborns and children form around 75% of those affected by humanitarian crises globally. In an acute situation, the initial urgent healthcare requirements for trauma-related surgery often tail off and are replaced by other clinical conditions, particularly maternity care provision related to loss of local obstetric services, and an increase in newborn and child health problems – a group often vulnerable in the aftermath of a disaster.
Two meetings were held in Geneva, with wide expert global representation, including some other members of UK-Med, consensus was successfully reached, and the guidelines are due for publication soon.