The link between Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wau Teaching Hospital has been set up to assist Southern Sudanese healthcare professionals to develop their skills and self-sufficiency. Following an initial fact finding visit in 2009, teams have embarked on a twice yearly basis, running teaching and training programmes for doctors, nurses, midwives and student nurses, developing relationships and contacts and addressing some practical issues.
Three qualified nurses are employed at the hospital and the general conditions are dire but improving. There have been some major renovations carried out recently though there is still much to be done. There is no running water except in theatre and most drains remain blocked. Poole Africa Link has provided 5 Oxygen concentrators and much other equipment including monitors, pulse oximeters and surgical instruments. We are setting up a small HDU/recovery ward and installing some solar lighting for this.
The teams receive a warm welcome wherever they go both in Juba and Wau and have forged many useful contacts and friends in the Ministry, local Churches, the excellent local nurse training schools (run by nuns) and other hospitals, clinics and the UN in Wau.
There is still much to do in Wau and we have a long term commitment to continue send out 2 teams a year as well as bringing doctors from Wau to the UK for short term placements.
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