PLeDGE Health is run by an all-volunteer group of physicians dedicated to improving emergency medical care around the world, through sustainable partnerships, open-source material development and dissemination, and development of the next generation of educational leaders in low-resource areas.
Kevin Lunney, MD, PhD
Kevin Lunney is a physician scientist with a unique experience set spanning the fields of health systems management, public health, epidemiology, military medicine and emergency medicine. He has over 5 years on the ground experience in countries including Zimbabwe, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, Morocco, Guatemala and Nicaragua. He is currently the Emergency Medicine subject matter expert at the Navy Trauma Training Center and volunteer faculty at the University of Southern California. Dr. Lunney’s military engagement experience covers both humanitarian (Pacific Partnership 2014) and operational (African Lion 2015) missions. He has presented a numerous domestic and international conferences including the Asia Pacific Military Health Exchange (Da Nang, Vietnam 2015 & Kuantan, Malaysia 2016), the African Conference on Emergency Medicine (Accra, Ghana 2012) and Travel Medicine in the Tropics (Bangkok, Thailand 2011). Dr. Lunney’s research interests encompass the development of remote and austere medical systems, patient transport and global emergency medical systems development. Dr. Lunney’s active projects include emergency medicine specialty development programs in Maputo, Mozambique and Harare, Zimbabwe.
Abigail Hankin-Wei, MD, MPH
Country Director, Mozambique
Hankin-Wei is a medical researcher and medical educator with expertise in emergency department-based public health research, HIV testing and linkage to care, and emergency care pedagogy in low-resource settings. She has been the Principal Investigator on funded projects including youth violence risk factor identification, drug and alcohol abuse screening and intervention in the emergency department setting, and an HIV screening and linkage to care program which led to no-cost HIV screening over 50,000 patients visiting an urban US emergency department. She has directed courses for students in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health, and has expertise in curriculum development for emergency care training. She has worked clinically and in training physicians and nurses in medically-underserved rural communities in the United States, rural communities in the state of Karnataka in Southern India, rural Guatemala, and Maputo, Mozambique. Dr. Hankin-Wei was recently named as the 2018 recipient of the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad for the State Department Africa Bureau.