Michael Elmore-Meegan

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Michael Meegan

Dr Thomas Michael Kevin Elmore-Meegan, humanitarian, founder of several charities, non-governmental organisations, author, specialist in Clinical Epidemiology and International Health.

Born Thomas Michael Kevin Elmore in Liverpool, Lancashire UK, has also published under Michael Meegan and Michael Elmore-Meegan,has written widely in academic literature under Elmore-Meegan [1] (born 26 March 1959) is the co-founder of the International Community for Relief Of Starvation and Suffering (ICROSS),[2] an International aid agency operating in East Africa that describes itself as "a small international organisation working to fight poverty and disease in the poorest parts of the world."[3] Elmore-Meegan also co-founded other charities including an Irish branch of the charity known as 'ICROSS Ltd'( Meegan has opposed the direction of the Irish group as alien to his vision) which broke with Meegan in early 2008[4] and closed down in 1012. The website of ICROSS International (http://icrossinternational.org) lists Dr. Michael Elmore Meegan as Founder and International Director ICROSS and head of Public Health Research as of July 2014.[5] He is also chair of the Strategic planning committee. In Feb 2013 he created a new Research Programme on Global Health focusing on Child Health provision. He lectures Internationally on Global Health and poverty, he also lectures on compassion, a primary theme of his series of books. In January 2014 he announced a series of community health rights based initiatives that would focus his charities towards a more International advocacy role.

He has founded several humanitarian initiatives and continues to direct the strategic planning and Public Health research programmes of the organisation. He is currently designing a series of innovations in diarrhoeal prevention and water protection.

Early life[edit]

Born in Liverpool to Irish and French parents, Thomas Michael Kevin Elmore-Meegan spent his childhood between Grenoble, French Alps, France, Freshfield Lancashire and Rishworth, Yorkshire. Educated in Vaughan House and Bishops Court Prep School, Heathfield, Yorkshire. He was Baptised by John Heenan, later to be John Carmel Cardinal Heenan. He was inspired by the work of the Mill Hill Missionaries from an early age and had a passion for Africa and Asia greatly influenced by the example of retired missionaries in Freshfield, Formby.

He began sculpting at an early age, mostly working in clay and bronze. He still does private commissions in bronze. By September 1971, he moved to Dublin,attending Terenure College,Dublin where he gradutated in 1977. He became Past Pupil of the Year at Terenure College in 1977.

He began in 1978 his early drafts of spiritual axioms, All Shall be Well, later to be a series of reflections on poverty published by Collins (Fount Religious paperbacks) forwarded by John Powell S.J. published in 1986 and has been republished in November 2014.

Michael Meegan

In 1977 he entered the Roman Catholic Society of White Fathers - The Missionaries of Africa Les Pères Blanc - hoping to become a Missionary in Africa. Due to a serious burn injury leaving keloid damage he left the White Fathers and after completing a degree in Philosophy (Jesuit Institute at Milltown Park, Dublin) awarded by the Holy See following which he entered Noviciate in the Society of Jesus.

Following ecclesiastical training and in keeping with a calling to work among the poor Meegan moved to Kenya where he settled in the Northern territories of the Great Rift Valley and began to perform aid work among the local people. This was largely funded by his own inheritance and by close personal friends.

In 1979 Meegan founded the Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering (CROSS) which, by 1984, he renamed the International Community for Relief of Starvation and Suffering (ICROSS). ICROSS as it was known began funding health projects in Africa and India. Before he was 25 he raised over three million dollars for development projects. He became widely known for his lectures on human suffering and hunger and in 1989 he established a branch of his Charity in the USA ICROSSEE, based in the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. He spent the 1980s mostly living amongst pastoral nomadic Turkana, Maasai and Samburu tribesmen in Uganda and Northern Kenya. He established branches of the charity in the USA and Ireland, Kenya and Tanzania and lectured throughout the 1980s on compassion in action and the need for radical change in the understanding of poverty and existing models of development.

The rapid growth of ICROSS between 1979-1983 was in response to a series of articles and campaigns together with the support of several renowned pioneers in Tropical Medicine, Dr Joseph Barnes, Professor David Morley and the Editor of the LANCET Dr Ian Monroe. Dr Barnes who was Knighted by the Pope for his work in Biafra, co-founded what would become ICROSS. In the United States ICROSS EE expanded with the support of Norman Jaffe and Dr Kenneth Cairns MD in the Hamptons, Long Island, New York called ICROSS EAST END.

He spoke French and Latin at the age of ten.[6] In 1977,[7] he completed his secondary school studies at Dublin's Terenure College, run by the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.[8] He moved to Kenya where he settled in the Great Rift Valley and began to perform aid work among the local people.[9]


Aged twenty, he went to Kenya, East Africa, where he began to work with a number of health and development projects with Dr Robbie McCabe in Turkana after being in Karamoja in Uganda. He then expended his work into sections of northern Mogadishu in Somalia developing and interest in infant health and nutirition. He began to work among the Samburu and Maasai people to address villages devastated by diseases such as malaria and tuberculous and the effects of repeated drought. He established a charity, ICROSS in Ireland with Dr Joe Barnes MD, a Papal Knight and the pioneer of Tropical Medicine in Ireland. In Kenya ICROSS evolved with the help of the Irish Holy Ghost Fathers and personal friends, Meegan created one of the largest networks of primary health services among pastoral nomads in East Africa. By 1986 with the support of the Director of Medical services, Dr Wilfred Koinange, ICROSS had established community health programmes in 6 locations across four districts in Kenya. His early work in growth monitoring, child survival and neonatal tetanus continues to be widely cited within the International primary health care community. By 1986 Meegan had launched a series of studies into belief systems and cultural structures that impacted health care.

He worked in small rural communities mostly among southern Nilotic pastoral nomads . Between 1983 - 1997 he spent most of his life among Tanzanian and Kenyan Maasai and Samburu tribal communities.

Wilfred Thesiger and Michael Meegan

A long-time friend of Wilfred Thesiger, he worked closely with traditional Samburu primarily north of Maralal. He spent over twenty years collecting ethnographic and ethnomedical data, recording language and tribal artifacts and writing about cultural belief systems and local epistemologies. In the mid-1980s he adopted two Kenyans; a Samburu, Lemoite Lemako and a Maasai, Saruni OleKoitee OleLengeny, later to become assistant CEO of ICROSS Kenya, a role he held until July 2014 when Johnson Ole Makeserr took over after serving ICROSS for 31 years. ICROSS was designed as a model for community owned locally driven development planning.

His work extended into reproductive health and eventually AIDS.[10][11] Under Meegan's leadership, ICROSS worked with a number of other organizations on a Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland led project, to develop a Solar water disinfection system that could be used by village households.[12] He pioneered the concept of community ownership in community health services, campaigning for long term public health policies, planning in local languages and working through local cultures. His close friends include Wilfred Thesiger and Professor David Morley CBE. His supporters have ranged from Sean McBride, Son of Maude Gonne to Fr John Powell SJ.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Ireland, and a founding member od the East African Association of Anthropology; Senior Research fellow at the Centre of Culture and Development Baroda, Gujarat, and a Lions Melvin Jones Fellow. In 2008 he received an International Humanitarian award - the "International Angelo della Pace" at the "Premio internazionale Exposcuola per l'impegno civile Italy" from the Rachel Foundation Italy

His work on Diarrhoeal disease in Africa was widely cited and in 2010 he extended his innovations to recycling human waste into biogas in May 2013, a programme he has extended widely.

In the early 2000s, Michael Meegan became a prominent figure in Ireland whose fundraising activities for ICROSS attracted the public support of former Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald and entertainment celebrities such as Elton John, Chris de Burgh, Caroline Corr, and Andrea Corr.[13] His writing and charitable activity brought him Ireland's well-regarded 2003 International Person of the Year Award presented in a nationally televised ceremony by the Irish charity Rehab.[14]

Among many media works on Michael Meegan, in May 2005, Ireland's state owned RTE televised a documentary about Meegan entitled When You Say 4000 Goodbyes.[15] After the broadcast, Meegan's charity ICROSS received 400,000 euros in donations.[16] On 19 November 2005, When You Say 4000 Goodbyes. was shown at Harvard University's prestigious Magners Irish Film Festival.[17] On 5 May 2006, the documentary won the Radharc Award 2006 for the "documentary programme of outstanding quality which addresses a national or international topic of social justice, morality or faith."[18] Meegan extended his model of grassroot, community owned, health care; writing and lecturing widely on public health in Africa. Meegan Published a series of books about human poverty and suffering. His latest publication was TAKE MY HAND with Sharon Wilkinson.

On 7 April 2006, he received an honorary degree ( Doctorate in Medicine ) from the National University of Ireland in a ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.[19] On 5 December 2007, Meegan spoke at RedR UK's conference entitled Future Shocks: disasters and relief in a changing world on the same platform as the charity's British president HRH The Princess Royal.[20] He continues in 2014 to develop the ICROSS model of integrated holistic health care, stressing evidence based planning. His research into water borne disease and diarrhoeal disease continues to impact rural health programmes internationally. Since 2009 Meegan has campaigned for changes in how AID is modelled and understood, moving from donor driven, to community driven planning of public health services. He has lectured across the world on Global health, including at the Helsinki Global health summit with Sir Michael Marmot on Global health Inequity 13 June 2012, where he spoke on Global inequity in Africa and South East Asia. He continues to lecture on the World stage for a Rights-based locally owned approach to development. In November 2014 he launched the ICROSS Strategic Plan 2015-2020.


Since 1980 Elmore Meegan suffered a series of serious illnesses in Africa, ranging from Cerebral Malaria and amoebic and bacillic dystentry to Cholera. In 1992 and again in 1999 he received the Catholic last rites (source: Surprised by Joy) on three occasions.


From an Early age Elmore Meegan campaigned for human rights especially the Right to water and food for those communities most neglected in the third World. He believed that these realities were not about charity or aid but human rights. Together with the Italian photographer Manuel Scrima, www.manuelscrima.com he launched a series of International exhibitions to create awareness about poverty (http://www.africa-awakes.com/).

As part of continued campaigning Elmore-Meegan spoke at Cambodias Global People’s Climate March on September 21st 2014 (http://www.body-in-balance.org/blog/lifestyle-blog/global-peoples-climate-march/).

Animal Rights[edit]

Apart from his Humanitarian work, Elmore Meegan has been involved in Animal Rights since youth, he has a large collection of rescued animals that he looks after at his home in Ngong Hills, Kenya.


Over the past three decades much has been cited and written about the work of Elmore-Meegan primarily in Medical and Scientific journals. ICROSS and Elmore-Meegan found in Google Scholar and academic engines but mainly in journals on public health and Public Health research. The primary focus of these works has been health innovations and low cost technologies in areas of poverty.

Michael Meegan and Manuel Scrima

There have been numerous documentaries, interviews and coverage primarily in Irish Media. The first major series of articles were by the Irish Independent, written by Desmond Rushe. Latterly television have included the award winning documentary, "Four Thousand Goodbyes" and BBC interviews including Hard Talk with Stephen Sackur. His work has been reported by newspapers TV and Radio for over 35 years.

Elmore-Meegan has also worked with photographer and video maker Manuel Scrima on several projects and exhibited across Europe sharing Africa Awakes for ICROSS. The awareness advocacy exhibitions have been seen in 12 countries , Italy, Spain, Finland, Ireland, UK, Germany, Hungary, and France, as well as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.

Working towards changing the stereotypes in Africa (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCiS6cxbrjw).

2010 defamation case[edit]

A case of defamation was successfully won by Meegan following a former employee of one of Meegan’s charities ICROSS Kenya accused him of sexual abuse, which he alleged had began in 1986.[21] The employee also alleged financial impropriety on the part of Meegan over his use of charitable funds. The allegations were originally investigated by the Irish Mail on Sunday,who since pais substantial damages and court costs following a publication of the Irish Daily Mail in November 8th, 2010.[22] The former employee has since been charged by the Kenyan Department for Public Prosecution with false statement in July 2014.

Meegan attempted to obtain a gag order against the publication, which was subsequently denied by the court.[21] The court ruled that the Irish Mail on Sunday provided enough evidence to support their publication of the accusations and that they had shown it was likely they would be able to defend any libel claim made by Meegan.[21] In this, they failed before jury, Meegan never admitted to sharing a bed with one of his accusers.[23] Meegan litigated successfully against the newspaper.[24] This was one of the numerous successful damage claims against the newspaper.

Meegan later obtained a substantial settlementm for damages and costs from the Irish Mail on Sunday after filing a civil suit against them,[25] one of multiple suits lost by the newspaper for demamation in Ireland in 2010. In November 2014 Meegan launched further defamation actions resulting from other publications in Ireland in the same year which are pending.


In July 2006, it was wrongly reported that Meegan allegedly misrepresented his credentials when Duke University USA was attempting to secure a multi-million dollar grant in the United States.[26] This however was found to be not an application by Meegan but by Duke University. Meegan clarified that he got an initial Doctorate from Knightsbridge University, following his Masters in Community Health from Trinity College, Dublin.

Thomas Michael Meegan’s qualifications include an Honours Baccaulaurate from the Holy See in Rome in Pure Philosophy in 1979. Meegan received his Masters in Community Health from Trinity College, Dublin in 1998. In April 2006 he was honoured with a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ireland for his work in International Health awarded by Garrett Fitzgerald, Chancellor of NUI.

His current research with Tampere University, Finland is finalising a PhD in International Health. Since 1983 Meegan has published together with major Institutions around the World in Tropical Public Health and continues to work with International Research teams, an illustrative list of key publications is below.


Publications between Medical journals and books cover a wide range of subjects.He is widely cited http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Michael_Meegan, http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mike_Meegan

Michael Elmore-Meegan has written extensively on poverty and Global Health and compassion with his first book All Shall Be Well ( Fount Religious Paperbacks, Collins 1986 ). Changing the World Feb 2009, Surprised by joy; a story of hope in the midst of tragedy, Forward by Stephen Sackur BBC,156 pgs July 2006 All Will be Well (Forward by John Hurt) Eye-Books, 149 pgs May 2004. ISBN 1903070279

His best known book is All Will be Well, 2004, Eye Books .

He has also written extensively in Medical and Scientific journals since 1981 primarily in Public Health epidemiology, primary health and low cost technologies.

. Randomized Intervention Study of Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water in the Prevention of Dysentery in Kenyan Children Aged under 5 Years. Martella du Preez†, Ronan M. Conroy‡, Sophie Ligondo§, James Hennessy§, Michael Elmore-Meegan§, Allan Soita§, and Kevin G. McGuigan* Environ. Sci. Technol., 2011, 45 (21), pp 9315–9323, September 21, 2011

  • Conroy, Ronán M.; & Michael Elmore Meegan. Dwindling Donor Aid for Health Programmes in Developing Countries, The Lancet, 14 May 1994.[27]
  • Conroy, Ronán M.; Michael Elmore-Meegan, Tina M. Joyce, Kevin G. McGuigan & Joseph Barnes. Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water and Diarrhoea in Maasai Children: A Controlled Field Trial, The Lancet, 21 December 1996.[28]
  • Conroy, Ronán M.; Michael Elmore Meegan, Tina M. Joyce, Kevin G. McGuigan & Joseph Barnes. Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water Protects Against Cholera in Children Under 6 Years of Age, Archives of Disease in Childhood, October 2001.[29]
  • Conroy, Ronán M.; Michael Elmore Meegan, Tina M. Joyce, Kevin G. McGuigan & Joseph Barnes. Solar Disinfection of Water Reduces Diarrhoeal Disease: An Update, Archives of Disease in Childhood, October 1999.[30]
  • Elmore-Meegan, Michael; Ronán M. Conroy & C. Bernard Agala. Sex Workers In Kenya, Numbers Of Clients and Associated Risks: An Exploratory Survey, Reproductive Health Matters, May 2004.[31]
  • Joyce, Tina M.; Kevin G. McGuigan, Michael Elmore-Meegan, & Ronán M. Conroy. Inactivation of Fecal Bacteria in Drinking Water by Solar Heating, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, February 1996.[32]
  • Konings, E.;, R.M. Anderson, Donald Morley, T. O'Riordan, Michael Meegan. Rates of Sexual Partner Change Among Two Pastoralist Southern Nilotic Groups in East Africa, AIDS, London, England, April 1989.[33]
  • Mccormick, James; & Michael Elmore-Meegan. Maasai Diet, The Lancet, 24 October 1992.[34]
  • McGuigan, Kevin G.; Tina M. Joyce, Ronán M. Conroy, J.B. Gillespie, & Michael Elmore-Meegan. Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water Contained in Transparent Plastic Bottles: Characterizing the Bacterial Inactivation Process, Journal of Applied Microbiology, June 1998.[35]
  • Meegan, Michael. All Shall Be Well: On Compassion and Love, London: Fount, 13 Oct 1986.[37]
  • Meegan, Michael; Donald C. Morley, & R. Brown. Child Weighing by the Unschooled: A Report of a Controlled Study of Growth Monitoring Over 12 Months of Maasai Children Using Direct Recording Scales, Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, November–December 1994.[40]
  • Meegan, Michael Elmore; Ronán M. Conroy, Sarune Ole Lengeny, Kate Renhaul, & J Nyangole. Effect On Neonatal Tetanus Mortality After A Culturally-Based Health Promotion Programme, The Lancet, 25 August 2001.[41]
  • Meegan, Michael; & David Morley. Growth Monitoring: Family Participation: Effective Community Development, Tropical Doctor, January 1999.[42]
  • Meegan, Michael; & James, McCormick. Prevention of Disease in the Poor World, The Lancet, 16 July 1988.[43]
  • Meegan, Michael. The Reality of Starvation and Disease, The Lancet, 17 January 1981.[44]
  • Meegan, Michael. Rethinking Famine Relief, The Lancet, 21 November 1992.[45]
  • Meegan, Michael. Starvation and Suffering, The Lancet, 31 December 1983.[46]
  • Meegan, Michael. Surprised by Joy: Out of the Darkness - Light, a Story of Hope in the Midst of Tragedy, Dunboyne, Ireland: Maverick House, 2 May 2006[47]
  • Meegan, Michael; & Sharon Wilinson. Take My Hand 2008.[48]
  • Meegan, Mike; David Morley, & Desmond Chavasse. Fly Traps, The Lancet, 22 March 1997.[50]


  • 2008 Premio internazionale Exposcuola 2008 per l'impegno civile[citation needed]
  • 2003 International Person of the Year, ESB/Rehab People of the Year Awards [53]
  • 1988 Past Pupil of the Year Award, Terenure College, Dublin (Note: Terenure College lists the 1988 award winners as Michael Meighan which may be a variant spelling of "Meegan.")[54]


  1. ^ "Africa '05 - Michael Meegan". BBC News (bbc.co.uk). 2005-07-12. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Michael Meegan runs a small Kenyan based non-profit charity trying to help some of Africa's poorest. 
  2. ^ Hickey, Shane (2003-11-24). "'Special' Mary is person of the year". The Irish Independent (www.independent.ie). Retrieved 2011-01-30. Other winners were: Dr Michael Meegan, co-founder of ICROSS The International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering together with Dr Joseph Barnes MD ( a former winner of the same award ), an agency which cares for over 350,000 people in east Africa. 
  3. ^ "About Us". ICROSS International. www.icrossinternational.org. Retrieved 2011-01-30. ICROSS is a small International Organisation working to fight poverty and disease in the poorest parts of the world. For over thirty four years ICROSS has worked with Pastoralist Nomadic tribes in East Africa fighting disease. Health professionals work with local communities in long-term development and health programmes. 
  4. ^ Cullen, Paul (2010-06-21). "Future of embattled charity to be decided at egm". The Irish Times (www.irishtimes.com). Retrieved 2011-01-30. A BOARDROOM battle is looming at the controversial charity Icross for control of more than €500,000 in charity donations. http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=michael+meegan&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5. Meegan has challenged the Irish group of wasting money he raised on 74% overheads.http://www.icrossinternational.org/about/index.asp Meegan had pursued money missing raised by him in 2005. They argue the money was raised on the back of publicity for his work and the proceeds of his books and should be released for use in his African projects. However, former associates who have broken with Dr Meegan over the allegations, are seeking to have the company wound up and its assets disbursed on other aid projects, they are under investigation for embezzeling funds raised by him.. 
  5. ^ "Latest News". ICROSS Kenya. www.icrossinternational.org. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Dr. Michael Elmore Meegan - Founder and International Director ICROSS. 
  6. ^ "Michael Meegan". Eye Books. www.eye-books.com. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Michael Meegan was born in Liverpool and grew up in Freshfield moving to Dublin in September 1971. and now speaks nine languages. 
  7. ^ "PAST PUPILS OF THE YEAR AWARD". Terenure College Past Pupils Union. www.nure.ie. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 1988 Michael Meegan Class of 1977 
  8. ^ Humphreys, Joe (2005-06-21). "Making a Little go a Long Way". The Irish Times (www.irishtimes.com). Retrieved 2011-01-31. A graduate of Terenure College and an M.Sc in Community Health from Trinity College TCD, Dublin, Meegan is the founder, and International director of ICROSS (International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering), one of the most unusual, yet many would say, effective aid agencies in Africa. 
  9. ^ He has lived most of his life among pastoral nomads with two of his adopted children; now senior officials of ICROSS in Kenya. He created the first NGO in Kenya based on local belief systems and cultural values and has lived among traditional communities throughout his thirty years in East Africa. He was the first advocating the design in Africa of health planning through local languages. He was supported in this work by Dr Wilfred Koinange MD, Director of Medical Services of the Kenyan Ministry of Health. Together with Fr Paul Cunningham CSSp and Dr Evan Sequeira MD, Meegan established a series of community health programmes.Dr Evan Sequeira MD remains the Chairman of the board of Directors of ICROSS in Kenya. The support of the Irish Holy Ghost Fathers opened many districts to ICROSS and they were to remain deeply involved in ICROSS for over thirty years. By 1985 he had built clinics serving three pastoralist communities. Learning local tribal languages, Meegan created a unique approach to community development, insisting that any planning had to be done by the members of the local communities in the local languages, not by others. He pioneered a series of grassroot locally appropriate health interventions as part of integrated community health strategies in close collaboration with leading research institutions including the Institute of Child Health, London. He developed a series of locally appropriate methods for reducing infectious disease which have been widely adopted ( see publications) Elmore-Meegan is recognised as one of the foremost authorities on culturally integrated health programmes using local languages and belief systems. He is widely cited for his work on adopting tribal belief systems and Epistemology in designing sustainable health programmes. His work incorporating ethno-medicine into health programming and planning was among the innovations that changed modern primary health care. He created ICROSS in Tanzania with the support of Job Lusinde one of the founding cabinet ministers and advocates of an independent Tanzania, The Tanzanian initiative quickly became self supporting. He completed an M.Sc in Community Health in 1988 at Trinity College Dublin in Belief systems of the Maasai in Diarrhoeal illness which began a series of important studies into new ways of preventing Diarrhoea. Among his priorities have been the development of integrated child health systems, the participation of mothers within primary health care and the importance of local languages within health care delivery, Maternal child health care www.icrossinternational.org and community ownership of health planning. He has pioneered multiple innovations in primary health Focus includes diarrhoeal infections http://rehydrate.org/dd/dd39.htm and has a thirty year history exploring innovations to reduce the rates of water borne disease among pastoral nomadic communities. His work has been published in Journals ranging from the LANCET medical Journal to the Journal of the American Medical Association."Surprised by Joy - Michael Meegan". The Irish Immigrant. www.emigrant.ie. 2006-07-31. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Dr Michael Meegan was born in Liverpool, grew up in Dublin and has spent most of his life in Africa. He lives in the Rift Valley of Kenya, working in one of the largest terminal care programmes in East Africa. He has written extensively on poverty and has consulted throughout the world on poverty and health care. He is the author of three other books, "All Will Be Well" and "All Shall Be Well". 
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Karen (2006-05-05). "Radharc Award 2006 Presented To ‘When You Say 4,000 Goodbyes’". The Radhac Trust (www.radharc.ie/). Retrieved 2011-01-31. The documentary tells the story of Dr Mike Meegan's work in African villages devastated by Aids, malaria and TB. The aid worker, who was awarded an Irish People of the Year International Award in 2003 and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from NUI, went to work among Kenya's Masai people in 1979. 
  11. ^ White, Victoria (1999-09-09). "Front/row". The Irish Times (www.irishtimes.com). Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Solar Water Disinfection - A Water Treatment Process used at Household level". Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector. 
  13. ^ Caden, Sarah (2010-03-14). "Worthy causes a risky business for stars". The Irish Independent (www.independent.ie). Retrieved 2011-01-30. Not only was Elton John a supporter of Icross, but so was Dr Garret FitzGerald at one point, and, through the 90s, their fundraisers were attended by the well-heeled, with the likes of Chris de Burgh, Rosanna Davison, Lorraine Keane and Andrea and Caroline Corr happy to be photographed at their events. And why wouldn't they? It was a good cause -- and the people in Ireland, at least, remain unblemished -- and there is a will on the part of celebrities to put their weight, their ability to draw attention to a good cause, to good effect. 
  14. ^ "Ireland's People of the Year 2003 Announced". The Rehab Group. www.rehab.ie. 2003-11-22. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Mike Meegan was named as the International Person of the Year for his work in helping large numbers of AIDS victims in East Africa. 
  15. ^ "When You Say 4,000 Goodbyes". RTÉ Television-Factual Specials. www.rte.ie. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Dr Mike Meegan, Public Health researcher and scientist, has spent the past 25 years working in tribal villages in Africa where life is a daily battle against poverty, suffering and some of the most deadly diseases on earth. 
  16. ^ "Generous Response to RTÉ Documentary". RTÉ News and Current Affairs. www.rte.ie. 2005-12-05. Retrieved 2011-01-30. An RTÉ television documentary 'When You Say 4,000 Goodbyes' on the work of Dubliner Dr. Mike Meegan, who has spent the past 25 years fighting poverty and disease in African villages, has resulted in over 400,000 euros being donated to his charity since the programme was transmitted. 
  17. ^ "November 18–20, 2005". Magners Irish Film Festival. The Harvard Film Archive. Retrieved 2011-01-30. "In my 25 years in Africa I have said goodbye to more than four and a half thousand kids; I have kissed them goodbye - and I shouldn't have had to." Irish doctor and scientist Mike Meegan looks back on his career as a doctor among the tribal villages of Kenya's Massailand in this moving documentary by Jim Fahy. Exploring Meegan's battle with the ravages of AIDS, malaria and TB on the local population, 4,000 Goodbyes paints a powerful picture of the pointlessness of such deaths and of one man's attempt to do something about it. 
  18. ^ Fitzpatrick, Karen (2006-05-05). "Radharc Award 2006 Presented To ‘When You Say 4,000 Goodbyes’". The Radhac Trust (www.radharc.ie/). Retrieved 2011-01-31. The Radharc Award 2006 has gone to "When You Say 4000 Goodbyes", produced by Caroline Bleahen, RTÉ and presented by RTÉ reporter Jim Fahy....The Radharc Award is presented to a documentary programme of outstanding quality which addresses a national or international topic of social justice, morality or faith. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Michael_Meegan There is no requirement that the programme makers be of any specific religious adherence, but the programme itself should imply a challenge to the moral conscience of the kind that inspired many Radharc documentaries. 
  19. ^ "Perfect start for Dr Martin, the student". Irish Independent (www.independent.ie). 2006-04-08. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Also honoured by the NUI were .... Dr Mike Meegan 
  20. ^ RedR (2007-12-03). "Conference Programme" (PDF). Shocks: disasters and relief in a changing world. www.redr.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  21. ^ a b c O’Farrell, Michael (25 April 2010). "Charity Boss loses court fight to gag MoS over sex abuse claims". Irish Mail on Sunday (News Scoops (PDF Link to Original Publication)). Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  22. ^ http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/charity-worker-gets-settlement-and-apology-from-irish-daily-mail-over-sexual-misconduct-claims-28895969.html
  23. ^ O’Farley, Michael (25 April 2010). "I Shared Bed with Kenyan Employee, Says Charity Boss; It was not sexual, he insists after losing court case to MoS". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  24. ^ The apology stated “"The newspaper ought not to have published these allegations and had agreed not to do so. We apologise without reservation to Mr Meegan for the damage and distress caused to him as a result." - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/charity-worker-gets-settlement-and-apology-from-irish-daily-mail-over-sexual-misconduct-claims-28895969.html
  25. ^ Healy, Time (13 November 2012). "Charity worker gets settlement and apology from Irish Daily mail over sexual misconduct claims". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  26. ^ Lyons, Tom (2006-07-13). "Famed charity boss lied in bid to get US grant". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 2011-01-30. A RENOWNED charity boss famed for his work in Africa lied about his qualifications when attempting to apply for a multi million grant in the United States. 
  27. ^ Conroy, Ronán M; Michael Elmore Meegan (May 1994). "Dwindling donor aid for health programmes in developing countries". The Lancet 343 (8907): 1228–9. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(94)92440-6. PMID 7909895. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  28. ^ Conroy, Ronán M; Michael Elmore-Meegan, Tina M. Joyce, Kevin G. McGuigan & Joseph Barnes (1996-12-21). "Solar disinfection of drinking water and diarrhoea in Maasai children: a controlled field trial". The Lancet 348 (9043): 1695–7. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(96)02309-4. PMID 8973432. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  29. ^ Conroy, Ronán M.; Michael Elmore Meegan, Tina M. Joyce, Kevin G. McGuigan & Joseph Barnes (2001-10-01). "Solar disinfection of drinking water protects against cholera in children under 6 years of age". Archives of Disease in Childhood 85 (4): 293–5. doi:10.1136/adc.85.4.293. PMC 1718943. PMID 11567937. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
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  52. ^ Text of the introductory address delivered by: Dr Caroline Hussey, on 7 April, 2006, on the occasion of the conferring of the Degree of Doctor of Medicine, honoris causa, on Michael Elmore Meegan
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