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Public invited to screenings of Northumbria’s Tanzania health link film

Thursday, 20 April, 2017
Public invited to screenings of Northumbria’s Tanzania health link film

Members of the public are being invited to a free screening of ‘Novemba’ – a short documentary film showcasing Northumbria Healthcare’s award winning international partnership which has transformed healthcare in Tanzania.

Novemba provides a behind the scenes insight into the trust’s link with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC). For over 15 years, Northumbria’s volunteer teams have provided training and support to staff at KCMC which has vastly improved patients’ experience of healthcare in Tanzania.

The documentary, which was premiered at the Global Health Film Festival in London in November, will be on show at three different venues during April and May with the public being encouraged to find out more about the trust’s international partnership work.

The screenings will take place as follows:

·         Wednesday 26 April – Lecture Theatre, Wansbeck General Hospital

·         Thursday 4 May – Lecture Theatre, North Tyneside General Hospital

·         Wednesday 10 May – Conference Centre, Hexham General Hospital

Anyone wishing to attend any of these screenings is advised to arrive at 6pm for a 6:30pm start and can register their attendance online by searching ‘Novemba screening’ on

Viewers will follow the Northumbria team as they perform Tanzania’s first laparoscopic day-case operation – where the patient has the procedure and is able to go home on the same day.

The trust worked alongside Teesside University’s Aurora House Productions to produce the film.

Northumbria Healthcare is at the forefront of work in the international volunteering field and is recognised across the NHS for its work to develop international links which is supported by the trust’s Bright charity.

Brenda Longstaff, head of international partnerships at Northumbria Healthcare, said:  “The documentary follows our team including surgeons, nurses and support staff as they encounter new and unique challenges each day caring for patients in Tanzania.

“Over many years our staff have devoted their own time and expertise to share their knowledge with our colleagues at KCMC and have been able to bring back many benefits to their own roles in the NHS”

“The realities of healthcare in Tanzania are a world away from what we have at home in our NHS and we are proud to have developed this partnership and make a real difference to people living in Tanzania.

“The Aurora House film crew followed our every move and did a fantastic job of pulling it all together into a powerful documentary story. We want as many people as possible to have an opportunity to see the film –everyone’s welcome!”

Aurora House Production’s David McPhee and Dominic Dunn who both produced and directed Novemba: “It was a fantastic experience to document the amazing work carried out by the Northumbria team.

“We hope this documentary raises awareness of and demonstrates Northumbria’s successful approach to delivering high quality care on an international scale.”

To view a short trailer of Novemba, visit here:

The trust’s work in Tanzania has been rewarded with three national awards. Its Bright charity supports project both in Northumberland and North Tyneside and abroad which make a difference to patients.