Three NAM students are set to spend a two week placement in Malawi in partnership with the Ekwendeni School of Nursing.
Third year students Philippa Jones, Adrian Quinn and Ciaran Scott will spend two weeks in July on a clinical elective at Ekwendeni Missionary Hospital.
The initiative, which is funded by the university’s Annual Fund, will also see Malawian nurse tutors visit NAM.
The trip will give the UEA students a valuable insight into the varied ways of delivering health care in a developing country whilst learning alongside their Malawian counterparts.
Adrian said: “There’s going to be a lot of sadness because of the poverty but there’s going to be a lot of beautiful things we could bring back to the UK.”
Philippa, who wants to practise abroad once she has qualified, is keen to expand her knowledge of disease. She said: “They have malaria, cholera, typhoid – things we don’t see here.”
A difference in syllabus can also be expected. The students, who study adult nursing
, do not come into contact with children or new-born babies on their UEA course, but students at Ekwendeni are also trained to be midwives and to care for under 18s.
Ciaran said: “We’re so used to having everything at the touch of a button. There they have most things, but not as immediately as we have them.”
Adaptability is something that all three students are expecting to see and something that they think will affect their own practice in the future.
The Annual Fund was set up in the 1990s in response to generous donations received from former students.
It aims to alleviate a variety of needs across the university and enhance learning opportunities for students.
The fund particularly supports activities that cannot be met by other means, thereby actively adding value to the student experience at the UEA.
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