Wad Medani, Gezira-Norfolk and Norwich/UEA Link Established: 2005

Fields of work Ophthalmology
UK Partner Norfolk and Norwich/UEA
Developing Country Partner The University of Gezira and Wadmedani Teaching Hospital
Contact Mr Nick Astbury Consultant Ophthalmologist Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust Colney Lane Norwich NR4 7UY Tel: 01603 288374 nick.astbury@virgin.net

This is an institutional link that involves several departments at the Norfolk and Norwich as well as the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The link was initiated from Gezira via THET and led to an inaugural meeting of interested staff in Norwich in 2005. Seedcorn funding was obtained from the BMA ‘humanitarian’ fund and from THET and the first needs assessment visit took place in 2006, when an MOU was also signed.

The initial 3-year activity plan covered nursing, community epidemiology and research, physiotherapy, neurology and ophthalmology (VISION 2020 Links Programme).

The programme has been running successfully over the past 4 years and to date there have been eight visits to Wad Medani involving 23 members of staff from the Norfolk and Norwich and UEA and eight visits back to Norwich involving 32 members of staff from Sudan.

The ophthalmology link is part of the VISION 2020 Links Programme; administered from the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We have been fortunate to have obtained generous funding from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and latterly the Sudanese government, in recognition of the value of the link, has agreed to fund further exchange visits.

The focus of activity has moved towards the development of nursing practice, infection control and ophthalmology but there is significant activity around obstetrics and gynaecology and physiotherapy.

 

Contact Details

Mr Nick Astbury
Consultant Ophthalmologist

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
Colney Lane
Norwich
NR4 7UY

Tel: 01603 288374
nick.astbury@virgin.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof Osman Khalafalla Saeed
Professor of Medicine; Faculty of Medicine Wad Medani

The University of Gezira and Wadmedani Teaching Hospital
PO Box 20
Gezira
Sudan

osman_saeed@hotmail.com