Rev. Archimandrite Anastasios Poyiadjis, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Missionary Doctor of Orthodox Archdiocese of Madagascar gave on May 9 a captivating presentation on ‘Practising Medicine in a low income setting – Madagascar’. Medical students who are thinking of joining missions in low income settings either for their elective or their SSC project attended the presentation and discussed with Archimandrite Poyiadjis the opportunities and difficulties that may lie ahead when embarking on such missions
He worked in the Heart Transplantation Programme, Department of Therapeutics of the Medical School of the University of Athens and attended various medical conferences and short courses such as
“Heart biopsy pathology & examination”, and “Laboratory Diagnosis of Parasites Short Course”.
On February 9, 1992 he was ordained into the Priesthood of the Orthodox Church, while in 1994 he received his Degree of Theology from the School of Theology of the University of Athens, Greece.Since 1993 he has been working as a Mission Priest and Doctor in various African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Madagascar (2010–present), having as main activities and responsibilities: a) Clinical work as a physician clerking and treating poor patients free of charge, b) Coordination of medical teams doing mobile clinics in remote areas and c) Establishment and supervision of Orthodox Church health facilities. During these years he has gained a great deal of clinical experience in Tropical Medicine and was able to adjust medical practice in low income health settings mostly in rural areas.
In 2014 he was appointed Honorary Professor in Tropical Medicine at the Medical School of the
University of Nicosia.