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 Wau teaching hospital we made good progress teaching at two of the schools of nursing and have made many very good friends in South Sudan.
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 successful 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, recent visits being in October 2019, when 9 health care professionals visited over one month and the last taking place in February 2020. Our teams are very well received both at the university and hospital and we have signed a Memorandum of understanding with the University.
Sadly the team visit due to take place at the end of March had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus which has also impacted on our fundraising events. We are hopeful that things may be back to normal by the autumn when we have two more enthusiastic teams wanting to continue our vital work.
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’