North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Mbeya Referral Hospital, Tanzania
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust established a formal link with Mbeya Hospital in Tanzania with the support of Vision 2000 and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) in October 2007. A Link Project Group has been established in both hospitals to progress exchange visits between staff.
The visits have proved immensely fruitful in supporting Mbeya Hospital and passing on the expertise of healthcare professionals working in the NHS. The link is supported by volunteers from hospital staff and is entirely funded through their fundraising efforts. The Link was recently awarded funding from THET to undertake a new project for microbiology lab development and the formulation of an antibiotic prescribing guideline based on local antibiotic sensitivities and organisms.