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Links Between Developing Countries and the South Central SHA

Oxford Radcliffe - Kilimanjaro, Tanzania    




Oxford Eye Hospital - Cape Town




Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership





An image of a map of the SHA projects with links to developing countries






Royal Berkshire Hospital - Uganda


SHA Leadership - Cambodia, Tanzania

Basingstoke and Uganda

Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Ghana (MH)


Southampton - Ghana (G.A.S. Partnership)

Poole Hospital - Wau (S. Sudan)  St Mary's - Juba (S Sudan) Southampton University: GPH3 - Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy + Research projects (e.g. Nutrition) and medical geography


Basingstoke Hoima Partnership for Health

The Basingstoke Hoima Partnership for Health was formally set up in 2010. The Hoima Regional Referral Hospital is situated in North Western Uganda. The aim of this link is "to work with the people of Uganda to improve the delivery of healthcare". There is a particular focus on maternal care and care of the newborn.

For further information contact Mr Robert Bates, Consultant obstetrician and Gynaecologist or Louise Emmett, Practice Development Midwife

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Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Ethiopia

The Addis-Bucks VISION 2020 Link was established in June 2009 and was set to run for 3 years. The link is part of the VISION 2020 project which is overseen by the International Centre for Eye Health and the eye unit at Stoke Mandeville is one of many UK eye units involved in such partnerships with units in Africa. The clinical priorities include, vitreo-retinal training, paediatric service support (orthoptics and paediatric anaesthesia) and nurse training.

For further information contact Consuela Moorman, Consultant Ophthalmologist,

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The G.A.S. Partnership

The G.A.S. Partnership is an exciting and pioneering linkage between a government agency, an NGO and an NHS trust, launched in May 2010. The purpose is to improve healthcare provision in the Upper East Region of Ghana, primarily through strengthening manpower and promoting skill-sharing, to make a lasting and sustainable impact. The partners are Ghana Health Services, the government agency responsible for healthcare delivery, Afrikids, an award winning child rights charity working with communities across northern Ghana, and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, a leading UK teaching hospital. The Partnership has five specialty areas of focus - diagnostics, child health, maternal health, theatres and anaesthetics, and estates planning and facilities management. Each specialty carries out enhanced training for Ghanaian staff in Ghana and the UK , training of trainers, development of specialist courses, continuous professional development programmes for current practitioners, e-learning support, and joint service reviews.

For further information please e-mail

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Ghana

The Kintampo Project- Training for Medical Assistants Psychiatry and Community Mental Health Officers, College of Health, Kintampo, Ghana

Ghana has a severe shortage of mental health staff. The UK has about 1 psychiatrist per 10,000 people but in Ghana the ratio is only 1 psychiatrist per 5 million. The UK has around 1 psychiatric nurse per 1000 people but in Ghana the ratio is only 1 per 50,000. Doctors who qualify in Ghana tend not to want to become psychiatrists. Psychiatric nurses tend to either work in the 3 large mental hospitals in Ghana, move into general nursing or leave to work abroad. There are very few mental health staff available for the community. This shortage of mental health workers is a serious problem. 

To address the shortage, The College of Health, Kintampo is now training 2 new cadres - Medical Assistants Psychiatry and Community Mental Health Officers. Medical Assistants work under the supervision of a doctor. They have skills similar to a UK GP (primary care doctor). They oversee sub-district and rural services, providing education, primary prevention plus diagnosing and treating patients (including prescribing). It is hoped that the new high school entrant stream will help to reduce the 'brain-drain'.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides support for the development of the curriculum and in delivering the programme. 

For further information contact: The Project Administrator at or Dr Mark Roberts, Project Lead, Consultant Psychiatrist

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Oxford Eye Hospital and Cape Town

This link is a specialist eye link with Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and is part of the VISION 2020 Links programme.  The VISION 2020 Links programme; established by the International Centre for Eye Health in 2004; aims to increase the quantity and quality of eye training in low income countries by developing sustainable eye links with a suitable UK partner.

VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is a global programme established by the World Health organisation and International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide. One of the three core components of VISION 2020 is the development of skilled and competent human resources. The links programme is a perfect fit with the aims of VISION 2020 and will contribute by strengthening ophthalmology training in low income countries (emphasis Africa). 

For further information contact Marcia Zonderman,

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Poole Hospital and Wau (Southern Sudan)

Poole Africa Link is a charity link which was set up in 2009 between Poole Hospital and Wau Teaching Hospital, Southern Sudan. The aim is to help by setting up basic teaching and training programmes for nurses and midwives, and post-graduate training for doctors. Staff from Poole Hospital  donate their time and expertise to support the project by visiting Wau to carry out training and establish systems to improve ongoing support. The project team is liaising with government officials in Southern Sudan, to encourage them to support some of the hospital's needs for equipment and services.

For further information contact Hilary Fenton-Harris

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Radcliffe Hospital and Kilimanjaro

OK Links” are links between Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. KCMC is a hospital of just under 500 beds providing comprehensive care as a teaching hospital for 11 million people. “OK Links” represents links in a variety of clinical (eg nursing, medicine/surgery, radiology/radiography) and non-clinical (engineering) departments in these two institutions. The emphasis is on the two-way transfer of skills through teaching and training. Staff from Oxford make annual visits to KCMC and trainees from KCMC come to Oxford to learn specific skills. There is also a two-way movement of medical students on electives.

Further information can be obtained from the link to the website or through Griff Fellows on

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Royal Berkshire NHS Trust - Uganda and other places

The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust has set up a link with Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda. Various consultants, midwives, nurses and junior doctors at the Royal Berkshire Hospital have provided support to Uganda after one of their midwives went to work at Kisiizi Hospital, South West Uganda in 1999. Five teams went out in 2010 and they are hoping to send a similar number in 2011.

Other consultants have visited Nepal for ENT work, India (surgery and anaesthetics), Albania (surgery).

For further information contact Helen Allott,

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South Central SHA Leadership Programme, Cambodia and Tanzania

South Central SHA Leadership Programme and Cambodia

This project is run by South Central SHA and has made partnerships with The Maddox-Joile Pitt Foundation in Samlaut Millennium Village, Cambodia and the United Nations Development Programme in Tabora millennium Village cluster, Tanzania. Both projects are linked to the Millennium Villages Project which aims to achieve the millennium Development Goals.

Participants have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through the application of quality improvement methods whilst at the same time contributing in a sustainable way to the health needs of the local area.

The programme meets a number of key aims of the leadership development strategy, these include:

  • Cross cultural leadership and international experience
  • Multi - agency partnerships and multi - professional development
  • The continuing quest for unique and challenging development opportunities for our high potential leaders.

Placements will typically be between 3 - 6 months. During their attachment delegates will provide:

  • Training and education support for the Cambodian clinical staff, health workers and managers they are working alongside
  • A wide range of clinical skills
  • A focus upon sustainable Service Improvement supervised by experts.

For further information visit their website or email:

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St Mary’s Isle of Wight and Juba, Southern Sudan

St Mary's and Juba Link 

After decades of civil war, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPS) was signed in 2005, giving the South Sudan the right to its own government. Since then the Government of Southern Sudan ( GOSS ) has sought to develop its healthcare system and has declared that the capital, Juba, would be the place where training of staff would occur. This could then be cascaded to other hospitals, starting with Wau and Malakal.

In October 2007, Juba Teaching Hospital ( JTH ) was twinned with St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight. The link was set up with the following general objective:

“To promote understanding of the needs and to support the Government of Southern Sudan, in order to improve clinical services through the development of education and training.”

For further information contact, Dr Eluzai Hakim ( or Zorina Walsh, Project Manager (

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Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership

The Wessex Ghana Stroke Partnership was set up in 2008 and is a collaboration between health professionals in Wessex and Korle Bu teaching hospital in Ghana. The long term goal is for a dedicated, specialised stroke unit to be established at Korle Bu Hospital. The current focus is supporting the multidisciplinary team at Korle Bu in developing their knowledge and skills.

For further information contact, Claire Spice (

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