Ibrahim says every patient he helps at our London clinic has a story that moves him. Perhaps this is because his own story is just as moving.

In 2010 Ibrahim was a high-profile doctor in Sudan - he was the head of an accident and emergency clinic for military officers and their families. But when he started to sense that members of the government didn’t approve of a peace-building project he was setting up, he moved to the UK in fear of his safety.

Ibrahim didn’t pass the exams required to practice as a doctor in the UK and the contrast to his success back home hit him hard. But when he started volunteering at Doctors of the World in 2014, he started to learn the language and teamwork skills needed to pass the exam.

“After six months, I started to feel myself changing,” he says.

Ibrahim volunteers around twice a month as a clinic support worker, which involves taking patients’ histories, helping them to register with a GP, and sometimes putting them in touch with charities that offer services such as immigration advice.

Most of the patients he sees are undocumented migrants, who often don’t know that everyone in the UK has a right to see a GP. Some are even afraid to go outside for fear of being deported, he says.

Earlier this year, Ibrahim met a patient who had given birth in her kitchen because she was too afraid to go to the hospital. He also recalls a woman who cried when he took her medical history, as she was so overwhelmed that someone was being kind to her.

Ibrahim has since passed his exams and can now work as a doctor in the UK. His wife, a trained pharmacist, has moved over from Sudan and obtained refugee status.

"I gained a sense of belonging and of worth at Doctors of the World," he says. "It’s not just about helping others - I myself gained a lot."