Mrs Marian Surgenor, founder of THET health partnership The Gulu-Man Link, has been appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine by Gulu University Senate in recognition of her valuable efforts supporting the University, and the continued collaboration between University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) and Gulu University, Uganda.

A nurse and midwife with over 40 years of NHS service, Mrs Surgenor has been Lead Clinical Skills Tutor for the Undergraduate Medical Education Department, UHSM, and is currently Head of Global Health/Inter-professional Lead at the UHSM Academy.


The Gulu-Man Link was founded in 2006 as a collaborative education partnership by The University Hospital of South Manchester, Gulu University Faculty of Medicine and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital in order to improve healthcare in Uganda through education and local clinical education programmes.


The partnership sought to identify deficits in training needs and determine appropriate teaching programmes to assist both undergraduate learning and continued professional development of hospital staff. In 2010 Gulu University Faculty of Medicine saw the successful graduation of its first intake of doctors.


Since is conception in 2006 the Gulu-Man link has become increasingly successful in delivering medical, educational and clinical support programmes for medical students, plus clinical education and support for the staff of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.  The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in Kampala have worked collaboratively with UHSM to support the link’s work in Northern Uganda.


The Gulu-Man link has recently received support from The Health Partnership Scheme, funded by DFID and managed by THET, to implement a Primary Trauma Course (PTC). In Sub-Saharan Africa, mortality from trauma outnumbers all deaths from HIV, TB and malaria combined, and Uganda has one of the highest trauma burdens worldwide.  The course seeks to address this situation by improving service delivery to trauma patients in Northern Uganda.