Professor Alison Fiander
Alison was appointed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, Cardiff University in 2002, having been a consultant in O&G with a special interest in Gynaecological Cancer, in Cardiff and Vale UHB since 1997.
Alison has a passion for Women's Health in low resourced countries (LRC) especially sub-Saharan Africa. Immediately after passing specialist exams in Obstetrics and Gynaecology she worked in Northern Ghana for two years in a district general hospital on the border with Togo and Burkina Faso. She has acted as external examiner for both undergraduates and specialist trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, Tanzania and helped to establish a study of HPV infection and cervical neoplasia in The Gambia.
In 2010 she applied for a two-year career break to undertake training and subsequent practice in repair of obstetric fistulae in Sierra Leone and Tanzania, returning in September 2012. During her time in Tanzania she published papers on obstetric fistula and helped establish a 'holistic care' programme for women undergoing fistula repair at a large disability hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Keen to work further in Global Women’s Health Alison was appointed Clinical Lead to the RCOG’s ‘Leading Safe Choices’ programme in 2015. Leading Safe Choices aimed to improve Sexual Reproductive Health in South Africa and Tanzania by training and mentoring health care professionals in ‘Best Practice’. She was subsequently appointed Clinical Lead to the RCOG Centre for Women’s Global Health and oversaw the development of a training package for low resource settings in ‘Essential Gynaecology Skills’.
Alison retired in 2019 but continues to teach Global Health and Women’s Health both here in the UK and in low resource settings. Being a trustee of WAAHLN helps her keep links with projects in SSA.