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

Catherine Delves Yates’ expertise as a nurse and lecturer helps develop adult and paediatric critical care in climates of scarce resources.

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

Following the positive impact of these courses, Catherine subsequently helped 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

How do disabled people in developing countries overcome poverty and other barriers to inclusion?

With funding from the Department for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council, Tom Shakespeare leads a qualitative research project aiming to find out. Identifying 40 disabled people in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Sierra Leone who have achieved success in either education or career, Tom conducts in-person interviews to discover the key factors leading to their success.

As part of a wider programme led by the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre at UCL, this bottom-up approach seeks to establish what works to 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% 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 United Kingdom and India Education and Research Initiative, Jayne Needham works to make childbirth safer for Indian women, spending time training doctors, nurses and midwives to better manage obstetric emergencies.

Back at our own School of Health Sciences, Jayne hosts our Indian counterparts, providing opportunities 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 studentsAt the School of Health Sciences, we welcome visitors from faculties around the world.

In 2016, collaborating with the Centre for Inter Professional 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 theory and practical teaching sessions, gained access to genuine healthcare users, toured the University hospital and explored UEA’s innovative Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology 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

UEA’s overseas work can offer benefits on both a local and a global scale.

In Malawi, Ekwendeni College of Nursing & Midwifery wanted to improve their teaching and learning methods, developing a Nursing BSc in the process.

Charlene Lobo led a three-year collaboration with the College, including a regular exchange of annual 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 that enhanced 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.