Kilifi is a town of 40,000 people on the coast of Kenya, midway between Mombasa and Malindi. Alison works at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/ Wellcome Trust research programme which is based at Kilifi District Hospital. She works as a doctor, researching prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children.
As a practising Christian Alison encourages scientific colleagues to ask questions about ethics and faith, and aims to demonstrate Christ's love in her interactions with patients, carers and staff. She is an active member of a work-based bible study group and involved in local grassroots organizations; a Methodist women's project supporting orphans to stay at home with their extended families and a school sponsorship programme for poor children.