Mr Philip Henman, Royal Victoria Infirmary and The Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal
Mr Philip Henman, a Consultant Surgeon based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne, has volunteered through The Sandy Gall Afghanistan Appeal (SGAA) for over ten years in the field of children’s orthopaedics. The SGAA is a UK charity founded by ITN newsreader and journalist Sandy Gall and his wife which initially provided artificial limbs and rehabilitation for children and adults affected by war and more recently, works in rehabilitation clinics across Northern Afghanistan. The charity has been under the wing of a larger non-government organisation, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) for the last five years.
Mr Henman has been particularly involved in a project with the SGAA and SCA to introduce the Ponseti method for clubfoot treatment. The SGAA and SCA organisations immediately adopted the technique and have developed a program of treatment, suited to local circumstances, which they have taught to colleagues in all the major cities in Afghanistan. This has successfully resulted in safe and inexpensive local treatment being provided for several hundred children with clubfeet. In addition to this, Mr Henman has also undertaken a successful project to sponsor a local surgeon to undergo specialist fellowship training in Children’s Orthopaedics in India. Together, they have worked towards a screening program for infant hip dislocation.
Contact: Mr Philip Henman
T: 0191 233 6161
Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust and LAMB Integrated Rural Health and Development, Bangladesh
LAMB is a charitable organisation that has been working in health and development in Northwest Bangladesh since the mid-1970s with the main focus being to serve the poor. Several members of staff from Trusts across the region have volunteered to work in LAMB Hospital. For example, Vikki-Ford Powell an Occupational Therapist in Cumbria Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, is significantly involved in the link with LAMB hospital, having lived and worked with a national team in the rehabilitation unit there for 8 years. Although Vikki has now returned to live in Cumbria, she continues to support LAMB from the UK and goes out to visit them, sharing OT practise experience.
LAMB provides a range of healthcare services, including rehabilitation, maternity, gynaecology, surgery, medicine, paediatrics, research and training. Amongst other specialist treatments, LAMB partnered with Walk for Life to become the pilot site for a national Ponseti programme to treat all children in Bangladesh born with clubfoot.
Contact: Vikki Ford-Powell
Transform Healthcare Cambodia and Battambang Referral Hospital, Cambodia
Transform Healthcare Cambodia was established to relieve sickness and promote and protect good health for the benefit of people in Cambodia, working particularly in the Battambang Province area. The charity, which has volunteers from NHS Trust’s across Durham, Darlington and Teesside, provides training to health care workers and educates on the prevention of diseases and hygiene.
The charity also provides equipment and financial support for other health care related services
Contact: Graham Jones
T: 01609 881144
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and King George Medical University, Lucknow, India
The Link was established by Dr Arun Kumar Gupta to develop training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow, India. Dr Gupta delivers a workshop in CBT at the University regularly, on an annual basis. The workshop is attended by faculty and students of psychiatry, clinical psychology and psychiatric nursing. Since the link began, over 150 people have received this training.
Many of these also remain in contact with Dr Gupta and contact him by telephone, email or Skype for supervision. The link has also resulted in two posters being presented at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy annual conference, an oral paper being presented at the World Congress of Psychiatry and two papers have been published in peer review journals, the ‘Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry’ and ‘International Psychiatrist’. Dr Gupta’s work is on-going and the Link has already made long-lasting differences with seven faculty members of KGMU attending almost all annual workshops and now treating patients in CBT and supervising new trainees in this area of work.
Contact: Dr Arun Kumar Gupta
T: 0191 202 4046
Dr Arun Kumar Gupta, Hopewood Park and Ashadeep Institute, Muzaffarnagar, India
Ashadeep Dharmarth Sewa Samiti (Ashadeep) in Muzaffarnagar was established in 1993, motivated by Dr Arun Kumar Gupta of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Ram Monohar Lohia of New Delhi Hospital. Ashadeep is an autonomous organisation, constituted under the Society Act 1860 (India) and recognised by the Indian Government since 1998, and is completely funded by charitable donations.
Ashadeep currently has 310 life members and 160 monthly donors. The objectives of the charity are to deliver social and vocational activities to benefit children and young adults living with learning disabilities and complex mental health. The organisation also provides services for the elderly community in need, bereaved women, family planning support and medical assistance to the general public. Dr Arun Kumar Gupta provides encouragement, direction, support and clinical expertise to support the organisation, visiting on an annual basis, and also supports any one from the UK who would like to do voluntary work with the organisation.
Contact: Dr Arun Kumar Gupta
T: 0191 202 4046
SVJC Trust and B.K. Walawalkar Hospital, India
A team of volunteer healthcare professionals from the UK have been travelling out to B.K. Walawalkar Hospital in Dervan, on the West Coast of India, for over ten years. The Link, originally initiated by Dr Sanjay Deshpande of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, has involved lots of volunteers from South Tyneside Trust as well as from several other Trusts in the region (such as City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust) and from Trusts in London.
In 2009, the Link gained charitable status and has since been named the SVJC Charitable Trust. Over the years, SVJC teams have included surgeons, anaesthetists, biomedical engineers and specialist nurses. This work is featured on the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists website as an Out Of Programme Experience and on Newcastle Medical School’s website for Electives. The main purpose of the trips to Walawalkar Hospital is to educate, perform and assist surgical procedures as well as check medical equipment to improve patient safety in the hospital. Funds raised for SVJC Charitable Trust support some air travel costs and shipments of donated equipment.
Contact: Dr Sanjay Deshpande
T: 0191 202 4046
Newcastle Gateshead Medical Volunteers and Nechirvan Health Aid Office, Kurdistan, Iraq
Newcastle Gateshead Medical Volunteers (NGMV) is a voluntary organisation which was founded by a group of healthcare professionals from the North east of England including orthopaedic surgeons, doctors, anaesthetists, nursing staff and physiotherapists. The charity coordinates regular visits throughout the year to the Kurdistan region of Iraq to provide a voluntary orthopaedic service and healthcare education to local people. Since 2010 NGMV has organized 11 trips to Kurdistan, facilitating the travel of more than 70 of its UK members to visit Erbil and Sulaymania.
The charity has so far performed more than 300 intermediate and major orthopaedic procedures and has seen and treated nearly 2000 patients. In addition to clinical work, the charity has arranged formal and informal education for medical and paramedical staff in Iraq by inviting very high profile educationalists, such as Professor Graf from Austria, Dr Sally Scott from the UK and Professor Omer Bilgen from Turkey, as well as other acclaimed surgeons and doctors, to teach in Erbil and Suliamanya. The healthcare professionals involved in the link have played a crucial role in raising the standard of healthcare at the hospitals they have worked in, in Kurdistan. From the UK, the charity has been working very closely with the Iraqi Prime Minister’s organisation, Nechirvan Health Aid Office, to provide humanitarian support to help build the lives of thousands of people affected by war.
Contact: Professor Deiary Kader
Smiles Across Nepal and Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal
Smiles Across Nepal is a dental charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne which aims to promote oral health in rural Nepal by educating health care workers, providing equipment and materials and specialist teaching at Dhulikhel Hospital, near Kathmandu.
Teams of volunteers, mostly dental surgeons and dental students, visit the hospital every year to carry out this work. The charity seeks to promote oral health in rural communities where there is virtually little or no healthcare and oral healthcare services available.
Contact: Dr Sanjeeb Nepali
T: 0191 2852784
Dr Steven Coates, North Tyneside General Hospital and Dhulikhel Hospital, Nepal
Dr Steven Coates is a Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. In 2010 Dr Coates established a connection with Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal for adult and paediatric epilepsy clinics. He set up EEG equipment in this hospital to measure brain activity in patients with possible epilepsy or other brain disorders.
The brain activity could then be sent as a file over the Internet to be read and reported on by Dr Coates back in the UK ( TeleEEG). The service proved extremely useful and Dr Coates has gone on to establish TeleEEG links in India, Myanmar and Laos. Over 800 EEG files have now been interpreted using this service. Further expansion and development of the TeleEEG service into Africa is anticipated in 2016
Contact: Dr Sanjeeb Nepali
T: 0191 2032571
Dr Zafar Abbas, Hexham General Hospital and Friends of Muhammad Foundation Trust, Pakistan
Dr Abbas is a Consultant Physician based at Hexham General Hospital. He also works in an individual capacity and as a Trustee to help the charitable organisation, Friends for Muhammad Foundation Trust (FMFT). FMFT runs a number of projects in a remote and deprived area of Mirpurkhas, Pakistan, including a Medical College and charity hospital, Muhammad Medical College Hospital.
It aims to provide medical education to medical students and deliver healthcare to people who cannot afford medical treatments. Since 2003, FMFT have been providing support by arranging some funding for the hospital and organising visits from healthcare professionals in the UK to help increase student and doctor’s medical knowledge and expertise. Visitors, like Dr Abbas, deliver courses, workshops and lectures as well as offer clinical activities, such as hosting medical camps and training sessions. Individuals, including Dr Abbas, and other organisations, such as BETA Charitable Trust, provide a great deal of support to make this work possible.
Contact: Dr Zafar Abbas
T: 01434 655644