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Ugandan delegation visit is another global success

Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge welcomed a high-level delegation from Uganda yesterday including permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine.

Dr Atwine was joined by Dr Henry Muwonge, Dr Solomon Kamurari and Moses Mulimira from Uganda-UK Health Alliance, an umbrella organisation for UK institutions undertaking global health programmes in Uganda. Also there were officials from the Uganda National Drug Authority, the Uganda High Commission to the UK and the medical director of Busolwe Hospital.

Group shot - visitors and staff
Dr Diana Atwine (seventh from left), Trust chairman, Dr Mike More (ninth from left) and Chair of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, Catherine Arnold OBE (tenth from left) with staff, Cambridge University partners and other members of the delegation.

The visit was arranged with Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP), a charitable programme working to improve global health in partnership with hospitals, governments and health organisations in UK and low- and middle-income countries, and to provide specialist expertise, support, and shared learning to achieve sustainable improvements in health services.

CGHP has facilitated four ongoing strands of health partnership work between Cambridge and Uganda since 2015 - maternal and neonatal health, antimicrobial stewardship, cancer and critical care.

Dr Rowan Burnstein welcomes Dr Diana Atwine to the NCCU
Dr Rowan Burnstein, Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU) Consultant (second from left) shows Dr Diana Atwine (fourth from left) around the NCCU.

One highlight included an online Grand Round – the medical term given to a formal meeting at which physicians discuss the clinical case of one or more patients and is considered an important part of medical education.

The virtual grand round focused on ‘management of the critically ill obstetric patient’ and was attended by representatives from Cambridge University Hospitals and Uganda’s Makerere and Mbarara Universities and partners hospitals.

Dr Diana Atwine and colleagues meet Dr Kobus Preller (left) from the John Farman Intensive Care Unit.
Dr Diana Atwine and colleagues meet Dr Kobus Preller (left) from the John Farman Intensive Care Unit.

The day finished with discussions to further develop the critical care partnership including the development of a nursing exchange between the countries.

CGHP director, Evelyn Brealey, said:

Having spent the last two years meeting remotely it was a great pleasure to meet our partners in person. We are absolutely delighted at the way the day went. Not only was it an opportunity to cement this important partnership but also for both sides to develop learning and understanding about each other.

CGHP director, Evelyn Brealey,

Dr Atwine said:

We were extremely pleased to have the opportunity to visit Cambridge University Hospitals and to develop further the very exciting partnership which has existed between us for over seven years, and that we hope will continue for many years to come.

Permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine.
Dr Kobus Preller welcomes Dr Diana Atwine to the John Farman Intensive Care Unit
On the left of the picture is JVF ICU consultant, Dr Kobus Preller, meeting Dr Diana Atwine and Dr Laura Hobbs, anaesthetics trainee and East of England Global Health Fellow. On the right of the picture is Lisa Enoch JVF ICU practice development lead nurse talking with Dr Arthur Kizera, Ugandan anaesthetist and Cambridge Africa scholar.

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