Large Paired Institutional Partnership (LPIP) Grant
Helping women and children in Kambia
The Kambia Appeal in partnership with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Kambia District Health Management Team were awarded a new major grant to fund the training of primary health care staff in Kambia. This new programme began its preparation phase in October 2012 and was due to run for two and a half years, but was terminated six months early due to the outbreak of Ebola in the region.
This project had four distinct elements:
- Providing training to 120 Maternal and Child Health Aides (MCHAs) in child health and basic maternal care
- Providing training to 60 trainee Maternal and Child Health Aides (MCHAs) at the training college in Kambia with basic nursing and MCH skills
- Establishing senior MCHA trainers and assessors
- Providing training to members of the Kambia DHMT in Public Health intelligence
The training was provided by volunteers from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who visited Kambia for 8 days trips to deliver training at the Kambia District Hospital and the Kambia MCHA Training College. The scheme followed on from the IHLFS programme that concluded in January 2013.
Nursing, maternal and child health volunteers were recruited from Gloucestershire to participate in this scheme. The programme covered all volunteer expenses, including airfares, visas and accommodation in Sierra Leone.
Commenting on the scheme, the International Development Minister, Lynne Featherstone said, “We are delighted to support the Health Partnership Scheme. Through the scheme, British medical expertise is used to help give developing countries the vital skills needed to improve the health of some of the world’s poorest people. The programme will train 13,000 overseas healthcare workers dealing with issues from trauma care to maternal health. British nurses, midwives and medical teams are amongst the best in the world and they will help make a real difference in some of the poorest parts of the world”
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.