Malcolm Kerr-Muir

At Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, we are extremely saddened by the death of our very much loved and respected colleague, Committee member and co-founder Malcolm Kerr-Muir, following a short battle with cancer. 

British Journal of Ophthalmology Obituary

Fund in memory of Malcolm Kerr-Muir 

In memory of Malcolm’s achievements as an ophthalmologist and his extensive work overseas, Cambridge Global Health Partnerships has established a fund in his memory. The purpose of the fund is to support eye care in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on training. The purpose will be decided together with Malcolm’s family. 

Click here to make a donation to the Malcolm Kerr-Muir Fund. Once on the page, kindly choose the amount and include Malcolm’s name in the reason for your donation.

We are sincerely grateful and will keep you updated regarding the use of the Fund. 

In 2006, Malcolm co-founded Addenbrooke’s Abroad with Dame Mary Archer who was then Chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals. This new charitable programme, founded in Cambridge, was renamed Cambridge Global Health Partnerships in 2017.  From the beginning, Malcolm contributed wholeheartedly his deep understanding, huge experience and extensive knowledge of tropical, international and global health in the quiet, thoughtful and sensitive way that always marked Malcolm out. It is all this, and his wonderful sense of humour and fun and so much more, that he gave to the programme. As a Committee member has said, 

We will all miss his warmth and sincerity. The philosophy behind his approach to Global Health and the sharing and learning of skills is at the heart of Addenbrooke’s Abroad/Cambridge Global Health Partnerships and this will, I am sure, continue as a legacy for years to come. He was not only an enormously accomplished and respected Ophthalmologist, but a wonderful communicator with a quiet thoughtfulness and attention to detail that were an inspiration to us all. It is these qualities from which we all benefited in Addenbrooke’s Abroad and CGHP. We always wanted to know: “What does Malcolm think?”

Malcolm founded and led the Botswana Cambridge VISION 2020 Link from 2006. Amongst the Link’s achievements has been the establishment of a national diabetic retinopathy screening programme, a nationwide children’s eye health programme, and the first vision centre in Botswana providing spectacles to low income groups. Through Malcolm’s innovation and determination, the Botswana Cataract Blindness Campaign was created and implemented. This novel North South South partnership between Botswana, Cambridge and India has eliminated the backlog of more than 6000+ patients awaiting cataract surgery in Botswana, and increased the skills and knowledge of Botswana health workers in high volume high quality cataract surgery. 

We will miss Malcolm enormously, and send our deepest condolences to his wife, Lisa, daughters, Irene, Emily and Lucy and their families including Malcolm’s recently born first two grandchildren.