The Kambia Appeal works in partnership with The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide maternal and child health training to Kambia health staff.
The Kambia Appeal has always been linked closely with Cheltenham General Hospital, but the relationship between Kambia and Gloucestershire has been further strengthened by a formal agreement with The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust (GHNHST) to provide up to four weeks of special leave a year to enable health workers from the county to volunteer at Kambia District Hospital.
The Link is chaired by David Holmes, who has worked at the Kambia hospital and run numerous training programmes for local Kambia staff over many years. The Gloucestershire Link has been recognised and encouraged by The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and provides a framework for facilitating training for hospital staff in Kambia by hospital staff from Gloucestershire in vital areas, such as neonatal resuscitation and operating theatre procedures.
Trust Chief Executive Frank Harsent is enthusiastic about the Link -
“When we see the huge gap between healthcare facilities and staff in Gloucestershire and those in Kambia it makes you realise how privileged we are. I can see how a relatively small contribution from GHNHST can make an enormous difference to the abilities of the Kambia staff to save the lives of women and children and am proud for the Trust to be associated with it.”
Read more about our work and about the GHNHSFT projects in Kambia:
THET is a specialist global health organisation that educates, trains and supports health workers through partnerships, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential healthcare.
For further details about the Kambia-Gloucestershire Health Link
Contact David Holmes, Link Coordinator on 08454 222337