Welcome to Poole Africa Link

Poole Africa Link was set up in 2009 when a link was formed between Poole hospital NHS foundation Trust and Wau hospital in South Sudan. Twelve successful visits followed with teams of 4-6 health care professional visiting for 2-3 weeks at a time.

The objective of these visits being training for doctors, nurses, midwives and student nurses and midwives. As well as teaching at Wau teaching hospital we taught at two of the schools of nursing and have made many very good friends in South Sudan. The dire conditions in the hospital have improved over the years but the hospital still has no proper running water and drainage and very limited electricity.

The current political situation and unrest in South Sudan has meant that at present we are unable to return and in Nov 2014 a team carried out a scoping visit to Lira in Northern Uganda to investigate setting up a link with the university and a 500 bed hospital there. Since then we have continued to send teams to Lira twice a year, the last visit being in October 2017, when 11 health care professionals visited over one month. Our teams are very well received both at the university and hospital.

The link is supported by but not funded by Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Successful fundraising plays a vital part in supporting our work.

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‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life’


Thursday 18th October 2018

Blog to follow  

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Wow, what a day. I had a day with no teaching, but…. Met with the tutors and have engaged Anna Grace, one of the tutors, to work with us on the WHO checklist. We have a plan, some enthusiasm and a full training session being planned over dinner with surgeons, tutors and midwives next week.

Monday 15th October 2018

So team 2 arrived safely in Lira thanks to Arnold’s expert pot hole avoidance techniques throughout the journey from Entebbe. Happily the baboons avoided our van. Three of us are old hands and its lovely to be back. Still a little tired we spent the first day orientating and planning. Thrilled to see the new