Jane Feinmann, freelance journalist, London
I visited Mongolia in October 2016 to write an article about safe surgery in the Steppes for Mosaic Science. The bench I'm sharing (above) with a nomad lady and two Mongolian doctors became an operating table when a peripatetic surgical team travelled to the 'ger' to carry out Caesarean section that saved the life of this lady and her baby. 'We desperately need anaesthesia machines,' Dr Ganbold (see above) told me. 'UK makes exactly the machines we need. Please help us.' Back home, I got in touch with SAWW (Safe Anaesthesia WorldWide), one of the few charities to fund-raise for anaesthesia. So far, SAWW has sent two Diamedica machines to Mongolia. But with help from a great gang of friends including Laura Antonini, Carlotta Fiocchi and Paula Keogh, family, we've launched SAM and let's hope he/she is unstoppable.
Pics of child and group of Mongolian and Australian doctors: Interplast.org.au / Woodrow Wilson
Pics of Mongolian operating theatre courtesy of Lifebox.org.