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Warm welcome for Tanzanian visitors

Posted on Wednesday 8th April 2015
Tanzanian visitors

North Cumbria University Hospitals’ staff have once again welcomed visitors from Mbeya Hospital in Tanzania, as part of the Trust’s Tanzanian Link.

Microbiologists Dr Anthony Nsojo and Felician Msingwa spent two weeks in North Cumbria, shadowing microbiology staff here and investigating best practice in the UK, to take their findings back to Tanzania. The visit is part of a project to build capacity of the microbiology department in Mbeya and develop guidelines. They spent time in the labs in Carlisle and also visited the specialist virology and Ebola treatment centre in Newcastle, which was of particular interest, as there are plans for Mbeya to become a national training and testing site for Ebola.

Claire Unwin, the Trust’s volunteer & charity development officer, presented Anthony and Felician with some beautiful knitted blankets and babywear, made by volunteers, which they have taken back to be given to patients at the maternity hospital in Mbeya and the children's ward, where Felician's wife works as a staff nurse.

The visitors also met with Trust executives and discussed the possible future expansion of the Tanzanian Link to include a potential orthopaedic project.

Chief operating officer Helen Ray said: “As a senior team we are really keen to support projects like this and do anything we can to help the future development of such a worthwhile programme.”

The visit was funded by a grant from the Tropical Health Education Trust and the Department for International Development.