Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Born to Dutch and Kiwi parents, Elizabeth Khadija Tissingh grew up in Spain and spent much of her childhood travelling. She completed an undergraduate science degree in London and went on to study medicine at King’s College London. After junior doctor jobs in Scotland, she undertook an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a research project on the management of clubfoot. She has worked for varying lengths of time in Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Malawi and the DRC. She is currently an orthopaedic surgical trainee working at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. Elizabeth seeks to combine a focus on surgery (trauma and orthopaedic surgery in particular) with global health. She is the lead for the King’s Kongo Central Partnership. This partnership between King’s Health Partners in London and the Kongo Central province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is focused on improving trauma care through health systems strengthening, research and training.