Staying together, even when we’re apart

Whilst the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic led to our project teams being unable to visit KCMC in 2020, this didn’t prevent us continuing to work together and progressing our partnership work.

The Coronavirus pandemic had a huge impact on so many healthcare organisations across the world, including our Trust and KCMC, leading us to make many changes and preparations to manage and contain the virus. At KCMC, for example, sourcing and making antibacterial hand-gel and PPE was prioritised to help infection prevention and control efforts.


However, despite the challenges faced, we stayed in close contact with our colleagues in Tanzania throughout the year, providing support and continuing to highlight the incredible work we have undertaken together over the past 20 years – a testament to our friendship and long-standing commitment to each other. In October, our partnership was showcased at the Tropical Health Education Trust’s global conference which saw over 450 people from across the world come together virtually to explore challenges of the decade to come. Professor Richard Walker, trust consultant and clinical lead for the partnership joined Dr Sara Urassa, Director of hospital services at KCMC, to deliver a key note session. Together, they shared the history of our partnership and spoke about the many different challenges we’ve overcome and the achievements we’ve made over the years.


As well as bringing an opportunity for us to reflect on our past projects, 2020 has also seen us establish new connections within KCMC and we look forward to discussing potential projects to develop orthopaedic surgery and anaesthesia services in the hospital in future.