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Health care workers from Tanzania to visit North Cumbria

Posted on Friday 7th December 2012
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Anne Tye and Dr Clare Hamson during their visit to Tanzania

The Infection Prevention & Control team at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust are looking forward to a visit from three health care workers from Mbeya Hospital in Tanzania next week.

William Reuben (Pharmacist), William Muller (Pathologist) and Jane Kipenye (Staff Nurse) all have specific objectives for their visit geared towards reducing healthcare-associated infections and improving health care waste management in their hospital. William Reuben is aiming to develop anti-microbial guidelines, William Muller will be looking at our microbiological investigation of patients with hospital-acquired infections and Jane Kipenye will be looking at our healthcare waste management and hand hygiene campaigns.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust established a health link with Mbeya Hospital, Tanzania in October 2007. Since then the link has been driven forwards by the Link Project Group consisting of staff from both Trust hospitals. The group facilitates exchange visits, training and skill transfer in order to learn about international health challenges and is funded through charitable donations.

The trip to north Cumbria also forms an integral part of the World Health Organisation funded ‘African Partnerships for Patient Safety’ programme, which has already supported an initial visit to Mbeya in September 2012 by three members of staff from North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Manjula Meda and Dr Clare Hamson (Consultant Microbiologists) and Anne Tye (Senior Infection Prevention & Control Nurse) were warmly welcomed and given the opportunity to spend a week assessing critical areas of the hospital and providing training to 60 healthcare workers. The visit has shown positive benefits in the provision of health care in Mbeya.

Prior to the visit, Dr Clare Hamson, Anne Tye and Dr Nigel Calvert (Associate Director of Public Health for NHS Cumbria) took part in the Bassenthwaite Lakeland Triathlon relay to raise funds for the North Cumbria NHS – Tanzania Link Project Group.

Dr Clare Hamson said: “Following our enlightening visit to Mbeya in September, we look forward to welcoming staff from Mbeya to the Cumberland Infirmary next week.

“I think it will be extremely helpful for the staff from Mbeya to have an in-depth look at our healthcare practices, particularly on reducing healthcare-associated infections and improving health waste management."