Nurses on one of our programmes in Ndola, Zambia.
What we are doing
We are actively developing links with health organisations overseas. As part of King’s Health Partners, we are sharing our knowledge and expertise with communities in other parts of the world.
The Zambia Health Partnership
In 2009, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust developed a health partnership with two hospitals in Ndola, Zambia; Ndola Central Hospital and Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital. Since then, the hospitals have collaborated in the areas of infection control, patient safety, adolescent health, maternal health and child health.
Find out more about the Zambia Health Partnership and its projects.
Ophthalmology in Tanzania
We are committed to a programme of co-operation on staff development with the Muhimbili University of Health Sciences. This includes helping them to treat eye problems, and sharing ideas to improve their clinic management.
The scheme is part of the Vision 2020 scheme supported by the Tropical Health and Education Trust. In 2009, four visits, each of 2-4 weeks took place between the organisations. Work included:
- demonstrating children's surgery to resident doctors
- clinical teaching of orthoptics and the management of children's cases
- introducing a medical retina clinic
- managing diabetic retinopathy.
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and a livery company have provided the funding of around £10,000 per year to keep the project running.
Charity mission to Ethiopia
Penny Minchin, one of our senior staff nurses, went on a charity mission to Adis Ababa in Ethiopia, treating children suffering from severe facial disfigurements. She joined two of our consultants, Professor Mark McGurk and Dr Joseph Azzopardi.
The trip was supported by the charity Project Harar, to treat children with noma (a gangrenous facial disease that results in pain and disfigurement) and to provide facial reconstructive surgery for children with hyena wounds and tumours.
For more information, visit the Project Harar website.
Combating lead poisoning in Nigeria
An area in Zamfara in northern Nigeria suffered the world’s largest lead poisoning incident in living memory, caused by artisanal gold mining.
Consultant clinical toxicologist Dr Paul Dargan, worked in Nigeria with the World Health Organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, the US Centers for Disease Control and other partners to help support those affected.
Dr Dargan visited field hospitals and clinics in remote areas of Zamfara providing clinical advice. He also met with Nigerian state and federal authorities to carry out advocacy work.