Our current Medic has been awarded a New Years honour for work she does with women in Africa - congratulations Marion!
Dr Marion Lynch has been honoured in the 2024 New Year's Honours List with the distinguished British Empire Medal (BEM).
This recognition for meritorious voluntary work comes from the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office and is in recognition of her service to women and children in Africa.
Marion set up Fiona Foundation for Kids in her sister’s name to ensure vulnerable children have the opportunity to reach their full potential, whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever their dreams will be.
Her work includes working with Tushinde Children’s Trust in the Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi. Initially, Marion funded a new day childcare service. She then used her research skills to analyse the impact of this service on children’s health and presented the findings on improved nutrition at a global health conference at the University of Oxford. The CEO of Tushinde states, ‘This data has helped us secure further funding for an ongoing feeding programme’.
Marion provides training for the Mathare community health workers and supports the Tushinde team in developing safety and risk analysis systems. Most recently, she has helped Tushinde write a major funding bid for future childcare developments in more informal settlements. She also continues to coordinate annual fundraising runs across the world to raise funds for Fi Day Care.
Marion has also worked in Zambia analysing the quality of health rural services and, whilst there, coordinated a UK Fiona Hugs community knitting programme where volunteers knitted baby bonding squares for premature babies in Zambia and Rwanda. The CEO of THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust), where she holds a voluntary position as an Honorary Adviser, describes her as a polymath.
Her volunteer work in the UK includes coordinating the immediate healthcare provision for 100s of Afghan refugees arriving suddenly in the UK in 2021. Her analysis skills were sought again when she was asked to create guidance for others to manage the same response in the future.
Her drive and ability to improve health and opportunities for women and children locally through the Fiona Blankets partnership with Baby Basics MK.
Marion says she is honoured to receive this award from the FCDO in recognition of the work all do to empower women and support children across the world, just as her sister had asked her to do.
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