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’


26th October 2017

The Emergency Department Students with Sister Doreen Time has flown by and for most of us it’s the final full day of the PAL October 2017. A successful month of lectures, courses, simulations and workshops comes to an end having imparted knowledge to, and hopefully inspired, the current crop of students in Lira. The team

25th October 2017

Julie with the fantastic social worker Lucy Despite some political protesting in town, it was safe on the streets this morning as the team dispersed themselves between Aboke Clinic, Hospital and University. The year 4’s learnt CPR, while triage and major incident planning were the soup of the day in ED. The realisation is dawning

24th October 2017

ED case presentations and discussions focussing on the benefit of taking vital signs to triage and manage patients It was an early start for Peter and Julie, who travelled to the Aboke clinic, a satellite maternity unit outside Lira. They managed to teach Lira Uni students as well as getting a 1.2kg newborn twin to