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Bishop Moses and the Poole Hospital teamA link between Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wau Teaching Hospital has been set up to assist Southern Sudanese healthcare professionals to develop their skills and self-sufficiency. Following a fact finding visit where needs were assessed and valuable relationships made, a second team embarked on a teaching and training programme for doctors, nurses, midwives and student nurses. In addition some practical problems were addressed.

South Sudan remains one of the poorest countries in the world, following decades of civil war between the North and the South of Sudan. Independence gained in July 2011 for the new South Sudan brought immense celebrations to the South Sudanese, but as yet little improvement in healthcare, although opportunities now exist.

Only 44% of the population have access to healthcare within 5km, with inoculation for children at 18%. Maternity mortality is nearly 3% at 2,054 per 100,000 births. As women average 6-7 births, 20% will die from childbirth. Child mortality rates are 106 per 1,000 for under fives.

The training of skilled healthcare staff of all disciplines is the key to improving healthcare provision and needs to be developed and supported. The central task of the Poole Africa Link is to contribute to the development of effective healthcare through the provision and support of competent medical and nursing education for staff at Wau Teaching Hospital and local nurse training schools.

“Our hospitals working together to forge a future for Wau”


For further information:

If you would like to be on the contact list of the Poole Hospital Link, help with fundraising for their work, or receive information directly from them, please email : 

hilary.fenton-harris@poole.nhs.uk   and visit this link to read the team's blog

The Pool Africal Link team blog

See the Poole Hospital Link webpage here

See images from other visits in our web album - here

February 2013 visit - Click here