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Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth


The Fellowship


Ecology of Nepalese caves
The Fellowship allowed Jane to travel overland to the Himalayan region to collect biological specimens for various academic institutions including for the Natural History Museum and for Kew's genetic seed bank. She discovered numerous species new to science and named Troglopedetes churchillatus in honour of Sir Winston. During the six-month trip she spent time amongst peoples with little or no access to health care or information and she started some limited hygiene education work. She was immediately able to see the huge benefits there are in communicating about how to reduce disease transmission. She then resolved to work towards improving the health of the rural poor.

The Results

Immediately after her Fellowship, Jane worked on control of veterinary parasites (in Oxford) then trained as a doctor with the ambition of working abroad. So far she has spent about 11 years working on various health education and child survival programmes mostly in Asia. The family came home to East Anglia because of the children's education so Jane is currently a practising GP and is medical director of a travel clinic. She teaches and writes extensively on travel health as Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth. She has five books in print: three health guides (including Bugs Bites & Bowels) and two travel narratives Lemurs of the Lost World and A Glimpse of Eternal Snows). She writes a regular double page health feature for Wanderlust magazine and contributes shorter pieces to national newspapers especially the Independent.