Claire Bertschinger

BertschingerwebClaire is the International Red Cross nurse who was in Ethiopia during the terrible famine in the 1980s and who touched the world’s hearts and conscience when Michael Buerk made a film for the BBC about her work with starving children. Her story Moving Mountains, written with Fanny Blake, includes stints in over a dozen war zones including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Sudan and is harrowing but enormously uplifting. She is much in demand as a public speaker and has been given the Woman of the Year Award and the International Award for Human Rights in Ethics and Nursing, among others and was made a Dame in the 2010 New Year Honours to Nursing and International Humanitarian Aid. She is now works at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.