Fields of work Paediatrics
UK Partner Dolen Cymru
Developing Country Partner --
Contact Jon Trew Enterprise House 127 Bute Street Cardiff CF10 5LE UK Tel: 02920 497390

Over the past 25 years Dolen Cymru has been dedicated to creating life changing links between Wales and Lesotho in fields of education, health, governance and civil society. Identified by the UN as a least developed country and with more than a third of its population suffering from HIV/AIDS, with an average life expectancy of less than 40 years, Lesotho is in need of support, training and educational development.

Our team of skilled staff our in Wales and Lesotho office, a committed network of volunteers and our very supportive Patron Prince Harry work together to support links that change lives in both Wales and Lesotho.

Current activities

Currently Dolen Cymru has a number of health professionals working in many aspects of the health service in Lesotho including working in the Ministry of Health involved in a health decentralisation project and on a project looking at care standards for orphans and vulnerable children.

Bernadette O’Hare is a consultant paediatrician in the Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital of Wales. Bernie worked in Lesotho over a period of 12 months for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Lesotho. Located in the Department of paediatrics at QEII Hospital in Maseru, Bernie made a huge difference as she was one of only two paediatricians working for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the whole country.

Medical Elective Placements – Every year Dolen Cymru sends a number of medical students out to Lesotho to work in different areas of health. Since 2005 approximately 10 students have spent short term placements in Lesotho practising in hospitals. The work undertaken is usually very ‘hands on’ with no formal training, making it both a challenging and worthwhile elective experience.

Health twinning between Wales and Lesotho has developed. Quthing Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II Hospital have twinned with the North West Wales NHS Trust and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust respectively. The twinning will give both hospitals the opportunity to draw on health expertise in Wales thereby developing their knowledge and skills which are needed to improve services in their repsective hospitals.

The twinning will focus on a variety of health issues agreed through a Memorandum of Understanding supported by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Dolen Cymru envisages that there will be further opportunities for the health service in Wales to forge health links to support services in Lesotho.

Contact Details

Jon Trew
Enterprise House
127 Bute Street
CF10 5LE

Tel: 02920 497390








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