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Global health partnerships

31 March 2009

stethoscope and planet

Improving access to health services in developing countries and the quality of those services is the focus of a conference to be hosted at Cardiff University.

The Tropical Health and Education Trust’s annual conference takes place on April 2nd 2009 at the University, and is the first time in the charity’s history that it has been held outside London.

The conference addresses how Wales and the UK can develop and provide education and training for healthcare professionals in countries such as Africa through partnerships.

Topics covered at the conference include the training of nurses in Somaliland and the role of research in informing and advancing projects in developing countries.

Professor Steve Tomlinson, Provost at Cardiff and chair of the charity said: "2009 is the charity’s 20th anniversary. Holding the conference in Cardiff recognises the strength of the links between the University, Wales and developing countries. Such links are aimed at improving health through education and training healthcare professionals."

The Trust aims to improve the basic health services of the poorest countries, building long-term capacity through training and support. It promotes partnerships between NHS institutions, UK medical and other health professional schools and their counterparts in developing countries globally.

The University has strong links with developing countries, including Professor Helen Houston and Ethiopia and Mothers of Africa, a charity set up by Professor Judith Hall, of the School of Medicine in response to maternal mortality figures in Sub-Saharan Africa. The charity has recently sponsored two student nurses in Liberia and has further visits planned.

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