29th June 2020 

Myanmar partnership hosts first virtual training session

On 29th June, a group of critical care and microbiology consultants from Cambridge University Hospitals hosted a virtual training session for partners in Myanmar. The session, which was led by UK partnership lead, Dr Rowan Burnstein, was titled COVID-19 – Sharing and Learning with a Focus on Critical Care.

The session provided an opportunity for exploring best practices and management of COVID-19 whilst reflecting on front line experiences.

We look forward to facilitating further sessions, to include physiotherapy and critical care nursing.

8th June 2020 

The CGHP Challenge reaches Kampala

The team are delighted to announce that we have reached our goal, and have arrived (virtually) in Kampala! Thanks to the 95 individuals who have been walking, running and cycling. We have covered an impressive 58000 miles, traversing the Pyrenees, crossing the Sahara, skirting the national parks of the DRC, to finally meet our partners in the city of 7 hills.

To learn more about the CGHP Challenge, please follow the link.

To donate, please click here. Funds raised will support our health partnerships in COVID-19 response and recovery.

1st June 2020 

Funding for supporting health partnership COVID-19 response and recovery

CGHP are delighted to have received funding from the THET Health Worker Action Fund, following a successful grant application. The funding has allowed partners in Kampala, Uganda, to procure vital PPE and infection prevention control supplies.

Included is the procurement of locally manufactured scrubs for frontline staff, and components required for the on-site production of alcohol gel. The partnership will also encourage bi-directional exchange of knowledge and experiences between UK and overseas partners.

Further efforts to support partners in COVID-19 response and recovery, include the CGHP Challenge.

Images: In Kampala, Pharmacist Ronald Onegwa, produces alcohol gel and re-fills dispensers around the hospital for staff and patient use.

To learn more about Kampala during COVID-19, please follow the link.

5th May 2020 

Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day

Investment in infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, is an evidence-based approach which delivers positive health outcomes. Now more than ever, the global population is being made aware of the importance of IPC methods such as hand hygiene.

CGHP is proud to be celebrating world Hand Hygiene Day, aligned with the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. One of our health partnerships, the Kampala-Cambridge AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) and IPC partnership, places emphasis on good hand hygiene practices. Similarly, as part of a trauma and intensive care training course (DelTICa) delivered with partners in Myanmar, hand hygiene training was a key component on the programme (image below right).

During the pandemic, we have been supporting partners across the globe in tackling COVID-19. Overseas partners have highlighted the importance of maintaining and improving hand hygiene practices in their institutions, noting a recent and unsurprising rise in the use of alcohol gel. CGHP continues to support across these areas, facilitating ongoing local production of alcohol gel, regular virtual support and the sharing of key resources.

Health partnerships are rooted in bi-directional learning, offering overseas partners and NHS health care workers alike, the opportunity to accrue knowledge and skills. Nurses, midwives and other NHS healthcare workers with global health experience, are likely to find themselves better equipped in dealing with the current pandemic, thanks to a deeper understanding of resource constraints, outbreak management, and differing models of care.

Clean care for all – it’s in your hands! (WHO, 2020)

Further reading and relevant materials:

30th April 2020 

CGHP does the 2.6 Challenge!

Our goal is to cover the distance between Cambridge and Kampala – our nearest partner city – 5800 miles away. To achieve this, we need you to join us!

We started on Sunday 26 April and every day for 26 days, Sophie, Kristijan and Evelyn will each run 2.6 miles. If you would like to join us, simply go for a walk, a run, or a cycle, then add your miles to our total or donate to support CGHP! For every £1 donated we will add a mile to our total.

Add your miles to our total here.

Please donate here

The money we raise will go towards our global health partnerships and to the COVID-19 response and recovery.

3rd April 2020 

2018/19 Monitoring & Evaluation Report Released

Each year, CGHP commissions a monitoring and evaluation report looking at the impact of global health engagement and its partnership working. The report which analyses data collected during the 2018-2019 financial period, has just been completed. Written and compiled by CGHP Intern, Lucy Guilder, the report explores the personal and professional development of three key groups: CGHP partners, members, and the NHS.

The report can be read here.

19th March 2020 

Alcohol gel at the ready!

In early 2019, Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP) was awarded funding to develop a new partnership centred around antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention control. The partnership builds on established relationships with partners in Kampala, Uganda. The goal of the project has been to reduce healthcare associated infections on the obstetric and neonatal wards through increased skills, knowledge and understanding.

Since its inception, the partnership has gone from strength to strength. Over the past months, with the support of the UK team, partners in Kampala have begun producing alcohol gel on site. This gel is now readily available in dispensers throughout the hospital.

Banners and t-shirts advocating the importance of hand hygiene can also be seen across the hospitals as a reminder to staff and patients. Now that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, the arrival of both alcohol gel and advocacy materials strikes as timely. This is a stark reminder of the invaluable role health partnerships play in tackling global health challenges.

17th March 2020 

Announcement regarding COVID-19 and contacting CGHP

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust have implemented temporary measures to help reduce the risk of infection, including postponing or cancelling non-essential meetings and visits to our partner hospitals in UK and overseas, until further notice. Our staff are now working from home and all our core activities are moving forward as usual.

We remain committed to our partners, members and supporters and to enabling healthcare professionals in Cambridge and around the world to improve healthcare safely, effectively, and ethically.

If you need to get in touch with any of us, we are available on our usual work email addresses. You can also email to reach CGHP and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

11th December 2019 

AMS Partnership – Visit to Uganda

Trip number 3 for the antimicrobial partnership! This time, Evelyn joined the team who were following up and providing additional mentoring and support following the training delivered during the previous visit. This visit was particularly timely as it coincided with World Antibiotic Awareness week.

In addition to supporting the team, Evelyn met with key partners and stakeholders in Kampala including the British High Commission and UK Department for International Development. She has been collaborating with the Ministry of Health in Uganda, securing a Memorandum of Understanding for our partnership.

4th December 2019 

CGHP – What’s It All About?

Last week we held an informative workshop at the Clinical School for prospective volunteers. The aim of the workshop was to provide an overview of CGHP’s partnership and the different tiers of support we offer to NHS staff.

The session featured talks by CGHP staff on the charity’s core values of safe, effective and ethical volunteering. Our team also instructed volunteers on the  Principles of Partnerships developed by THET.

A panel discussion by former volunteers, Dr Tom Bashford, Dr Jane MacDougall and Dr Denise Williams followed.

If you missed our session but still wish to learn more about CGHP and how you can get involved in volunteering, please visit the Get Involved section of our website.

11th November 2019

MAP Event

Today we co-hosted an event with MAP – Medical Aid for Palestinians. MAP was established 30 years ago to improve the health of Palestinians living as refugees or under occupation, where 70% of families in Gaza rely on food aid.

The event aimed to generate interest in the organisation, volunteering and the CGHP support structure available to NHS staff in Cambridgeshire and the East of England region. CGHP has given support to CUH staff who have volunteered with MAP.

To learn more about the work of MAP, please visit their website: 

7th November 2019

Uganda Delegation Visit

From 28th October until 6th November CGHP welcomed our partners from Uganda. This multidisciplinary team form part of the Cambridge – Kampala antimicrobial stewardship partnership. The delegates attended lectures, workshops and meetings to discuss the next steps of the partnership. Outside of work, the team enjoyed the sights of Cambridge and tucked into a traditional British fish ‘n’ chips at The Eagle Pub.

Delegate and Consultant Obstetrician, Musa Sekikubo, was also a guest speaker at our annual event ‘The Role of Health Partnerships in Tackling Global Health Challenges’. Musa spoke passionately about the importance of creating sustainable partnerships in improving global health.

The Cambridge team will fly out to Kampala in coming weeks.

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