In 1973, I went to Uganda as an elective medical student during the first year of Idi Amin's barbarous regime, to learn about childhood malnutrition at the famous infant feeding clinic and research centre of Mwanamugimu (Healthy Child Clinic) in Kampala.
After Amin's downfall I returned to Uganda in 1981 as a young paediatrician to teach paediatrics and to help re-establish the medical school at Makerere.
In 1986, I went to The Gambia, as locum doctor to run the children's clinic at the MRC's rural research station in Keneba. Over the next ten years I returned to conduct and supervise research projects.
These formative experiences, recorded in two short articles in the British Medical Journal (below), contributed to my enduring scientific interest and clinical involvement in the research and treatment of infant malnutrition and growth failure in children.