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Ghana

Newcastle upon Tyne and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana


The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is linked with Komfe Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. The aim of the link is to consolidate a post-basic nursing course for paediatrics and expand the collaboration with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, Newcastle University and Northumbria University with regards to undergraduate and postgraduate adult medicine. 


Contact: Dr Uli Schwab

E: uli.schwab@nuth.nhs.uk

T: 0191 282 1161

Malawi

James Cook University Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital, Malawi


James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough has been linked with Kumuzu Hospital in Llingowe, Malawi since 2000. However, for the past five years, the link has focussed on infection prevention and control and teams of staff from James Cook’s infection prevention and control team have been undertaking work in line with the World Health Organisation’s African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) programme which aims to improve patient safety in Africa. Staff have delivered talks at Kumuzu Hospital on the importance of infection prevention and control and provided demonstrations to show how good hand hygiene can be achieved. In a follow-up visit, as well as reinforcing APPS hand hygiene, the team has also introduced the WHO theatre checklist to improve patient safety in surgery.

As sepsis is the most common complication in surgery in Kumuzu, the team from James Cook worked with the hospital to adapt the theatre check list so that it would help to improve this and be most beneficial and appropriate to the hospital’s needs. Also, following a requirement set by the Malawi Ministry of Health and Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa for the production of outcome data relating to numbers of infection cases amongst patients and staff, the team have also worked with Kumuzu to devise a methodology to enable the hospital to routinely collect this information. A pilot scheme is to be put in place on maternity and surgical wards with a view to extending this throughout the hospital.


Contact: Ian Holtby

E: i.holtby@btinternet.com

T: 01642 486904 

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals and Children with Cancer in Malawi


The paediatric oncology unit at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne has a longstanding twinning programme with the paediatric oncology team in Malawi.  A charity has been established, Children with Cancer in Malawi, to support project work.

Through the charity, funds have been raised to buy essential chemotherapy and supportive care drugs as well as pay the salaries of a number of nurses. The Link has also provided essential equipment and support for remote pathological diagnosis and clinical advice.  Through the partnership, a number of treatment protocols have been developed which has resulted in improved survival for children in Malawi. The Link also provides some on the ground training for medical staff, especially nurses.   


Contact: Professor Simon Bailey

E: simon.bailey@ncl.ac.uk

T: 0191 282 4068

W: www.childrenscancermalawi.org

Orthopaedics Department, North Cumbria Hospitals NHS Trust and Beit Trust Cure Hospital, Malawi


The orthopaedic department at North Cumbria Hospital has been linked with Beit Trust Cure International Hospital in Malawi for over ten years.  The link began after Mr Jim Harrison, a former Senior Registrar at the Cumberland Infirmary, left the UK and moved to Malawi to become Medical Director for the country’s first ever elective orthopaedic hospital for children. Before leaving the UK, Mr Harrison spoke with Matron Clare McKenzie about his new role and from this conversation, the orthopaedics department in Cumbria pledged their support to the hospital.

The link has involved numerous exchange visits with nurses coming to Cumbria from Malawi to receive training and returning to their country with increased skills and experience. Likewise, nurses from Cumbria, including Matron Clare McKenzie, have been out to Malawi several times to provide support, training and teaching and donations of much needed equipment. Clare and her late colleague, Pauline Stratton, were jointly named Nursing Standard’s National Nurses of the Year in 2003 for their work in Malawi.


Contact: Clare Barlow

E: Clare.McKenzie@ncuh.nhs.uk

W: http://uk.cure.org/malawi/

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust and Zomba Mental Health Hospital, Malawi


The Zomba Mental Health Link (ZMH Link), formerly known as the Harrogate Zomba Hospital Link, was established following a visit to Zomba Mental Hospital in Malawi in 1998. The ZMH Link became a registered charity in 2007 and, with the merger of mental health services, the Link has been recently been adopted by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

The objective of the link is to support the development of mental health services at Zomba Mental Hospital through sharing of knowledge and skills. The focus is to explore mutual benefits for the Link partners, Zomba Mental Hospital and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, in a culturally sensitive manner.


Contact: Dr Philippa Bolton

E: philippa.bolton1@nhs.net

W: http://www.tewv.nhs.uk/About-the-Trust/Get-involved/Zomba-Mental-Health-Link/

Nigeria

Mr Nwabineli, South Tyneside Hospital and the Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain


Mr Nwabineli, a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, volunteers to work with the Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain (MANSAG). The organisation is a registered charity which undertakes training and skills transfer missions to Nigeria. Mr Nwabineli visits Nigeria on a regular basis, delivering training in emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. 


  Contact: Mr James Nwabineli

E: james.nwabineli@stft.nhs.uk

T: 0191 404 1000

W: http://www.mansag.org/

Tanzania

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. 


Contact: Mr Paul Whitehead 

E: Paul.Whitehead@ncuh.nhs.uk

T: 01228 523444

W: http://www.ncuh.nhs.uk/about-us/overseas-links/index.aspx

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Tanzania


Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has worked in partnership with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) for over fifteen years, training over 3,000 Tanzanians in a variety of healthcare professions. Our Link has undertaken a number of projects to improve a range of healthcare services in the hospital and at wider country level.

This has included the updating of clinical coding to ICD10 so that Tanzania can now report health statistics to WHO, development of Tanzania’s first BSc Physiotherapy degree course, introduction of laparoscopic surgery as a new service to Tanzania and the development of an ultrasound outreach service to serve remote rural areas. We have sent many containers of donations of medical equipment to the hospital to improve healthcare services. Our current projects focus on improving care for burns injuries. We also have research links with the hospital and Professor Richard Walker has led a number of teams to undertake research relating to Parkinson’s disease, stroke and epilepsy. 


Contact: Brenda Longstaff

E: Brenda.longstaff@northumbria-healthcare.nhs.uk

T: 0191 203 1662

W: www.northumbria.healthcare.nhs.uk/internationallinks/kcmc

Uganda

Andrew Lane, North Tyneside General Hospital and River of Life Hospital Ministries, Uganda


Andrew Lane, a Senior Physiotherapist at North Tyneside General Hospital, has links with community health services in Uganda through his voluntary work with River of Life.  River of Life is a church in Masaka, Uganda, which provides care and support for poor and vulnerable people in Ugandan communities.

River of Life is involved in several health outreach services. It has successfully established a neonatal baby unit at Kitovu Hospital in Massaka and provides continuing support to preserve and restore local drinking wells. River of Life also join E3 partners to participate on Ugandan medical missions, providing people living in very rural and remote areas with access to healthcare professionals such as Doctors, nurses and physiotherapist. 


Contact: Andrew Lane

E: andrew.lane@nhct.nhs.uk

T: 03448118111

W: http://www.riveroflifeuganda.org/latest-news.aspx

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