MEDyARTE

MEDyARTE is a Charitable Foundation operating across the entire world. It was set up with the view of providing an opportunity to lead a life with dignity to those who need financial support to achieve such a goal.

Having considered dignity as the most essential and undeniable value of conditio humana which should be viewed in the widest sense of the word, the founders decided to undertake work in those fields where they personally have most knowledge and experience.

True to the concepts of medicine and art contained in its name, the Foundation undertakes projects supporting health and promoting development of artistic potential in individuals and whole communities.

OUR PRINCIPLES

MEDyARTE works all over the world without any limitations. We do not provide emergency help in crisis zones, but initiate projects which become self-sustainable in the long term. We support the use of natural raw materials. We aim to improve local standards of living and healthcare provision. MEDyARTE values, helps to protect and supports traditional forms of art and craft. In an effort to achieve these goals we develop links and work together with trusted local organisations.

About

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MEDyARTE foundation was set up in August 2017 by two doctors and an anthropologist who has spent most of his life studying various cultures around the world. Its conception was a direct response to global inequalities observed during individual travels and a deep desire to make a difference.

The trigger for the formation of MEDyARTE was an event which had occurred two years earlier in Indonesia. While visiting Borneo, organisation founder Gosia was called to see a gravely sick man and asked to offer medical advice. The man, although rich by local standards, was clearly dying and had received neither a proper diagnosis nor adequate medication. This is because access to medical care is difficult and prohibitively expensive in a country whose inhabitants are scattered over many islands, with limited road networks and specialist care which is concentrated mainly in the capital.

Gosia was deeply affected by this meeting – if appropriate care could not be accessed even by those with the money to buy it, what chance did the majority of the population have, with the additional hindrances of geographical remoteness and poverty?

Could health provision be improved, and how? Could the rich heritage and culture of these people somehow be channelled so as to enhance the local economy and empower local populations to enact improvements to healthcare and education themselves? And in so doing might these precious and unique cultural traditions be nurtured and preserved

Our Team

Malgorzata (Gosia) Trubshaw
Malgorzata (Gosia) Trubshaw was born in Warsaw, Poland but has lived in England since 1989. Having graduated as a doctor from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1995, she now works as a General Practitioner but additionally has developed a passionate interest and expertise in neurology. For over fifteen years she has been practicing as a Neurology Specialist in the field of Epilepsy and Headaches, working in various hospitals and community clinics in London and Surrey and collaborating with local Clinical Commissioning Groups in designing plans for improvement of local community neurology care. Malgorzata has always identified strongly with her Polish background and cultural heritage and was a co-founder of a successful and vibrant volunteer run library at the largest Polish School in London under the name of Marii Sklodowskiej-Curie. Throughout her life, she has travelled to the furthest parts of the world admiring the versatility of cultures and the beauty of nature, at the same time finding inequality around every corner. Her dream is to help people to live with dignity regardless of birthplace and believes that no matter how impossible a task appears, full and committed application of determination and effort will allow it to be achieved. Malgorzata also believes that even one person can make a significant difference to the world’s future: the MEDyARTE foundation was born out of this belief. Her motto is Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away
Liz Gunning
Liz is a consultant radiologist at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, UK, and is the clinical director of breast screening services for the region. Her under-graduate training was at the University of Cambridge, followed by St Georges Hospital Medical School in London. In addition to her professional work she is passionate about music which has accompanied her throughout her life. As a clarinettist, she has played with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, then for numerous orchestras and ensembles at the University of Cambridge, and now playing with Glebe Symphonic Winds, a Midlands based wind band. Liz appreciates the healing, life-enhancing and community benefits of all art forms and understands the pivotal and defining role that the arts play in all cultures and their heritage: as such these should be protected and supported worldwide, even in the most remote parts of the world. Her experience and competence in the field of medicine and her desire to actively nurture and protect artistic traditions underpin Liz’s involvement with the MEDyARTE Foundation.
Tomasz Mazur
Tomasz Mazur has graduated from Munich University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology having also previously completed a degree in Social Sciences at Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny in Krakow, Poland. He currently teaches at an Institute for children with hearing impairment in Straubing in Germany also works as a translator and an interpreter. Since his early twenties, he has travelled the world and spent extended periods of time in more than 100 countries across all five continents, concentrating his passion and interest on countries in Asia and Latin America studying their languages, traditions and religions. Tomasz is an author of several press articles concerning the underdeveloped world. His particular area of interest and expertise is intercultural communication. Both in Poland and in Germany he has led many workshops and lectured widely on this subject. In the nineties, he set up a publishing house specialising in editing tourist guides. In addition to writing a tourist guide about Munich and Turkey, he has published two further books: one of them, (released in 2003) explores a culture of India and in 2006 was nominated for a prestigious Beata Pawlak award. In 2013, he published a collection of essays based on experiences gathered during his travels over the years entitled "Anatomy of existence" In 2017, he was awarded a distinction for his life’s work in the field of intercultural dialogue. He is a member of Polish Writers Association. He would like to offer his extensive experience, knowledge of languages and understanding of cultural backgrounds to MEDyARTE Foundation in aspects of research, choice of appropriate locations for projects and then their management.

Our Work

Our first project is completed. Following a recognisance visit to Borneo at the end of 2017 we have developed a working relationship with a small local non-governmental organisation (NGO) and with their help we have built a children’s library on the banks of the Ruanga river in Central Kalimantan. This is much more than just a simple library: it is a form of “educational after school club”. It not only offers children in impoverished villages access to books but also teaches diverse subjects such as traditional local dance and music, environmental protection and provides health education, as well as giving supplementary teaching on topics covered by the standard school curriculum. This programme will help shield children from the (often harmful) temptations of the everyday world and give them unrivalled opportunities.

In our second project we have provided a village of 400 people with water filters. As a result there has been a 50% reduction in the frequency of diarrhoeal illness in the area. This initiative was accompanied by educational events focussing not only on how to operate filters but also on more general health and well-being issues such as hand and food hygiene and methods of disease transmission.
As well as the clear health benefits of the water filters, their introduction will bring financial and environmental benefits: villagers will no longer need to buy bottled water thereby reducing yearly household expenditure by at least 120$ and the volume of single use plastic.
In a separate project we are funding the purchase of traditional shepherds’ instruments for a mountaineer’s music school in Poland. They are being commissioned from local artisans and will be replicas of historically important instruments that time has almost forgotten, found in museums and in private ownership of local families. There are only a few people left who know how to play them and the idea behind this project is to revive these forgotten skills amongst the next generations.

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Contact

Address
MEDyARTE
PO Box 443
Leatherhead
United Kingdom
KT22 2JJ

Telephone
+44 (0)7546 9975 02

Registered Charity Number: 1174295

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Registered Charity Number: 1174295