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14 March, 2019 - 20:59 By Kate Sweeney

Cash boost for life-saving Uganda project

A Cambridge-based partnership which spearheads health programmes in resource-poor communities across the globe has won a cash injection towards more life-saving work.

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, which is part of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT), has been awarded £75,000 towards an initiative in Uganda by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund.

The fund aims to build an accurate global picture of antimicrobial resistance so the right resources can be deployed at the right time. 

The Kampala Cambridge Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Control Project will be based at the Mulago National Referral Hospital and focus on pregnant women with infections – a major cause of morbidity in Uganda.

The project, backed locally by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Papworth Hospital and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, will begin this month and involve a 10-strong team from Cambridge and the East of England including specialist infectious disease consultants, nurses and pharmacists.

Not only will it reduce healthcare associated infections in Uganda, but also will arm the teams with new skills, which will be of major value when the UK team return home. 

The initiative builds on a partnership CUH staff have fostered with the hospital and Uganda’s Makerere University since 2015 and runs alongside the University of Cambridge’s longstanding Cambridge Africa programme. 

The collaborations between clinicians and academics have sparked a host of other ideas, ranging from a postgraduate infectious diseases teaching course, a short course in antimicrobial stewardship, exchange visits, and a book about obstetrics in Africa.

CGHP director, Evelyn Brealey, said: “Engaging in health work overseas has a profound effect on the skills and competencies of staff, so in this case it is not only patients in Uganda who will benefit, but those in Cambridge too.
“Clinicians return with a renewed sense of purpose, different approaches to resource management and care, along with a long list of other new skills.”

Pictured from left: Reem Santos (CUH Pharmacist), James Whitehorn (CUH Consultant – Microbiology and Infectious Diseases), Elinor Moore (CUH Head of Infectious Diseases), Evelyn Brealey (Director, CGHP), Netta Tyler (CUH and RP Pharmacist) 

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