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.Thank you for visiting our website.

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


Friday 18th October 2019

Our last day. How did that happen? Emma and I had the year one midwife students for teaching day….all 60 of them! Frankie had suggested a topic of “Oxygen and pulse oximetry” for the day, which had been agreed by the clinical tutors in Lira. We kicked off with a lecture focusing on linking the

Thursday 17th October 2019

What a successful day! This was the first day of the freshly trained Lira PTC staff running the course. It started on time and all the team were delivering their lectures with great skill and clear understanding. The skills labs went very well – there was one very narrow miss when the application of sticky

Tuesday 15th October 2019

The second day of the primary trauma course today. Everybody turned up, and things got underway remarkably promptly. Scenarios went well, lots of interaction from the participants. An excellent talk from Sean one of the course participants who is also the university disaster management lead. So many ideas and so much excitement about what this