Developing critical care in Cameroon & Nepal Developing critical care in Cameroon & Nepal

Catherine Delves-Yates’ expertise as a nurse and lecturer helps to develop adult and paediatric critical care in areas where resources are scarce.

Catherine worked with higher education providers in Cameroon to enhance the skills of local healthcare workers. By focusing on the benefits of evidence-based care, they successfully established both a pre-registration nursing course and the nation’s first Masters in Nurse Education aimed at experienced nurses.

Following the positive impact of these courses, Catherine subsequently helped to introduce a similar pre-registration curriculum in Nepal.

Contact Catherine for more information.

Improving prospects for disabled people in Africa Improving prospects for disabled people in Africa

Using funding from the Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council, Tom Shakespeare is leading a qualitative research project to find out how disabled people in developing countries overcome poverty and other barriers to inclusion.

Tom is interviewing 40 disabled people in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Sierra Leone who have been successful in either education or their career to discover the key factors in their success.

Part of a wider programme led by the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre at University College London (UCL), this bottom-up approach seeks to establish what could alleviate poverty, generate educational achievement and create employment opportunities. Tom’s work will produce practical, positive recommendations for social, educational, health and economic interventions by governments, non-governmental organisations and disabled people’s organisations, improving prospects for disabled people.

Contact Tom for more information.

Training doctors, nurses and midwives in India Training doctors, nurses and midwives in India

Jayne Needham in India20 per cent of the world’s preventable pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths occur in India. Collaborating with KLE University in Belagavi, India, and utilising an award from the UK and India Education and Research Initiative, Jayne Needham is working to make childbirth safer for Indian women, by training doctors, nurses and midwives to better manage obstetric emergencies.

Jayne also hosts visits to UEA by our Indian counterparts, providing opportunities for them to attend workshops and observe British midwifery practice.
Our students also visit India on elective placements and, in an ongoing partnership, both UEA and KLE are working towards the joint supervision of PhD students.

Contact Jayne for more information.

Cultural exchange with Niigata University, Japan Cultural exchange with Niigata University, Japan

Japanese students

At the School of Health Sciences, we welcome visitors from faculties around the world. In 2016, collaborating with the Centre for Interprofessional Practice as part of a well-established relationship with Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Tony Jermy hosted eight nursing students and three academics from Japan.
The students took part in both theoretical and practical teaching sessions, gained access to real healthcare users, toured the University Hospital and explored UEA’s innovative Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology (NEAT) Centre, returning home with a greatly enhanced understanding of healthcare education practices in the UK.

Contact Tony for more information.

Improving teaching and learning methods in Malawi Improving teaching and learning methods in Malawi

Ekwendeni College of Nursing and Midwifery in Malawi wanted to improve its teaching and learning methods while developing a Nursing BSc.

Charlene Lobo led a three-year collaboration with the college, including annual exchange visits, with third-year UEA students heading to Malawi and Ekwendeni lecturers coming to the UK.

Our nursing students not only used their knowledge to help progress the country’s healthcare system but, by working and learning in Malawi, they also became an active part of a globalised nursing community, gaining a greater understanding of unique cultures to enhance their own patient care.

Contact Julia Hubbard for more information.

Home-based interventions and disability awareness in Kenya Home-based interventions and disability awareness in Kenya

Karen Bunning KenyaWithout the right support, helping children with disabilities to adapt and flourish can be challenging for families, especially in rural Africa.

In collaboration with the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Karen Bunning led a number of research projects investigating home-based interventions and disability awareness in the communities of Kilifi County, one of the poorest regions of Kenya.

Karen’s most recent project developed self-help groups for caregivers of children with disabilities. By addressing caregivers’ everyday challenges, the groups also impact positively on the children in their care.

Contact Karen for more information.