Leicester-Gondar Link

Fields of work Other
UK Partner Leicester University Hospital
Developing Country Partner College of Health & Medical Sciences at Gondar University
Contact Prof Nichole Bruce Leicester-Gondar Link Administrator University of Leicester International Office Leicester LE1 7RH UK Tel: 0116 2525321 nb50@le.ac.uk

Established in 1996, the Leicester Royal Infirmary’s Gondar Link has made big strides towards decent healthcare

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training in northern Ethiopia. The objectives of the Link are to enable health professionals in Leicester and Gondar to work together for mutual development and support; and to provide Gondar with professional capacity building.

Through the support of Leicester University Hospital, the College of Health & Medical Sciences at Gondar University has developed teaching curriculum and established postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Public Health Medicine, General Surgery, Physiology & Rehabilitation and Cataract surgery for nurses. Clinical research has lead to several peer-reviewed papers and the  publication of a joint textbook of paediatrics. Clinical quality has been assured through training in methods of clinical audit.

Around 120 visits by partners to each institutions for teaching, training, research and mutual support demonstrate the value of this link to both healthcare workers and patients. Past projects have included:

  1. Establishment of a physiotherapy and rehabilitation service for the first time in Gondar and the first physiotherapy course in Ethiopia
  2. Training general surgeons – the first location outside the capital city
  3. Established Masters Programme in Public Health
  4. Leadership and management training for senior clinical nurses and teachers – a 5-stage programme of workshops and visits which has trained every senior nurse in Gondar and has led to real changes in nursing care
  5. Strong support for the ophthalmology service in Gondar, leading to a successful training programme for Nurse Cataract Surgeons and new operating theatres.
  6. Books for the medical library, and equipment for the hospital
  7. Upgraded refurbished maternity unit with improved beds and equipment

Fields of work

Management/Human Resources, Maternal and Child Health, Nursing, Ophthalmology, Primary Health Care, Mental Health, Research, Therapies, Other

Current projects

  1. Renovation of a children’s ward and training to improve paediatric care
  2. Leadership and management training for senior nurses to make improvements to their wards and departments
  3. Part time Modular Clinical MSc programme for Midwives, Anaethetists, Laboratory Technicians and Physiotherapists concentrating on clinical skills and excellence.  Nurses and Clinical Pharmacists to be added in Phase 2.
  4. Upgrade and refubishment of the Kolladiba Health Centre near Gondar to include provision of a motorbike ambulance.

Contact Details

Prof Nichole Bruce
Leicester-Gondar Link Administrator

University of Leicester
International Office
Leicester
LE1 7RH
UK

Tel: 0116 2525321
nb50@le.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Solomon Assefa
Leicester-Gondar Link Administrator

Gondar University Hospital
P.O.Box: 196
Gondar

Tel: +251918775250
solomonazezo@gmail.com

 

Website: www2.le.ac.uk/institution/gondar-information-hub