Many congratulations to our GOAL colleague, Paula Sansom, who was at Buckingham Palace last week to be presented with an MBE for Humanitarian services to Emergency Healthcare Abroad.
She was awarded the medal in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.
A nurse by profession, Paula has worked in the humanitarian sector for more than 20 years, serving with a number of health NGOs in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. During that time she held such senior positions as Country Director, Country Health Director, and (Head Office-based) Health Advisor.
She is currently the Deputy Director of Programmes with GOAL’s Emergency Medical Team.
Paula joined GOAL in December 2015 to assist in the planning and establishment of the Emergency Medical Team, which is an integral part of GOAL’s new Global Health Unit. She took up her current role in May 2016.
Just prior to joining GOAL, Paula had been deployed by Save the Children International to Sierra Leone, to oversee the setting up of its Ebola Treatment Centre at Kerry Town in the Western Area. She subsequently oversaw the organisation’s Ebola response in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone until those countries returned to regional management.
Paula’s MBE is a much-deserved reward. We are delighted to have her as part of the GOAL team.