The partnership was established in 2004 and is an educational link between health workers from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre. The partnership has been found to have extensive benefits for both parties involved including:
Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre
- So far 7 Doctors, 13 nurses, 1 clinical officer and 1 student have been brought from Malawi to learn here at BCH.
- Skills acquired have shown to be in use in Malawi
- Training delivered has shown to be adopted
- All Malawi nurse visitors to BCH are still in post in QECH
- Patients benefit from more skilled professionals who are able to recognise the early stages of serious paediatric illness while there is still chance of successful treatment.
- Over £20,000 worth of new and used equipment and medical consumables have been taken to the QECH.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
- So far we have sent 20 doctors, 10 nurses, 6 technical staff, 4 administrative staff and 2 medical students to Malawi.
- The acquisition of a wealth of knowledge and experience is translated into better patient care at BCH and the clinical management of diseases that in the UK are increasingly common such as HIV TB and Malaria.
- Staff on longer stays in Malawi have developed resilience, leadership skills and increased motivation.
- There is an increased awareness of resource management.
The children’s department of The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) has 9 wards with a daily count of 200-330 inpatients, with only some 180 beds to accommodate them. Roughly 25,000 children are admitted every year meaning their health services are extremely overwhelmed by the need.
The children’s department offers care to those living locally as well as children referred from other Hospitals.
The visits have been between 2 weeks and 12 months and Malawian doctors and nurses have recieved focussed training sessions in Birmingham and Malawi. For example there has been teaching the teachers courses and Child protection training. We aim to provide for and improve the future health of the children of Malawi and can do this by sustaining this rewarding partnership that educates and develops its healthcare staff.
Dr Mandy Goldstein
Consultant Paediatrician and Link director
Birmingham Childrens Hospital NHS Trust
Tel: 0121 333 8164
Prof Tom Heikens
Professor of Paediatrics
College of Medicine