National award for hospital trust's Ghana partnership

Launching the Ghana-Afrikids-Southampton partnership

Doctors, nurses and midwives at Southampton’s teaching hospitals have been honoured for their role in developing healthcare for people in Ghana.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s work with children’s rights organisation Afrikids and the Ghanaian Health Service was named best public health partnership at the Third Sector Excellence Awards in London.

The awards, which showcase innovation in not-for-profit organisations, highlighted the work of the Ghana-Afrikids-Southampton (GAS) link in the West African country’s upper east region, where Trust staff help to provide the Ghanaian Health Service with medical skills, training and guidance.

Earlier this year, midwives Julia Clark and Alice Dale helped to train more than 130 staff in clinical and emergency skills, neonatal resuscitation, infection control and newborn examination.

Their trip was followed by a visit from Dr Gunter Rienhardt, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Princess Anne Hospital, to oversee a mentoring programme for senior clinicians and deliver resuscitation equipment.

Dr Michael Marsh, medical director and chair of the international relations group at UHSFT, said: “I am delighted our work with Afrikids and the Ghanaian Health Service has been recognised with this national award as we move from strength to strength both in terms of our network relations and on the ground in Ghana."

The GAS partnership was launched by Trust chief executive Mark Hackett, Ghana Health Service regional director Lucio Derry and Afrikids Ghana director Nich Kumah at Southampton General Hospital in May last year.

Posted on Wednesday 5 October 2011