Dorcas Gwata started off her career as a hospital cleaner in Edinburgh, working her way up in nursing and into public health. She is a Global Health Specialist working with young people and families affected by gang culture in London. She has worked on the Zimbabwean Friendship Bench Project and she has extensive experience working in East Africa and Asia.
In January 2020 Dorcas returned to the frontline, working in emergency medicine in a teaching hospital in central London. Her work reveals health inequalities in our society, and the concerning evidence that health care professionals from minority backgrounds have disproportionately died of COVID19.
Dorcas is an experienced Global Mental Health Specialist working across Sub-Saharan Africa, with special interest in gender violence, substance misuse, mental health, non-communicable diseases, migration, cross cultural psychiatry and youth health. She is also a visiting lecturer at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she studied an MSc in Public Health, and Kings College London.
Dorcas is a Mental Health Advisor at Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSHTM). She has recently been awarded the International Human Rights Award by the University of Surrey. She is the co-founder of the Global Health Café, the first African-led platform focusing on global health issues with particular focus on Africa. She mentors young graduates, and is passionate about supporting more women of colour in leadership roles.
Dorcas is interested in the merger between mental health and art, and supports local artists in Zimbabwe and the UK. She is a keen adventure and business traveller; she provides cultural consultation to businesses and individuals travelling to Africa. She practises yoga regularly and has an insatiable love for Africa.