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Health teams take part in ‘Wales 4 Africa’

Projects across Wales have received a total of £100,000 from the Welsh Government to help improve the health of some of the most disadvantaged people in Africa.
11 projects have been awarded funding in the latest round of grants under the Welsh Government’s Wales 4 Africa Health Links scheme, launched in 2006.

Among the projects receiving funding are a Pembrokeshire-based Healthy Schools and Communities scheme, a Powys scheme giving midwives in Kenya work experience as part of a Welsh Community Midwifery team, and a Wrexham project training health workers in Ethiopia so that they are better able to manage acutely ill patients, including newborn babies.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Jewell said: “A huge effort is being made by many health professionals, individuals and organisations across Wales to help support health workers in Africa and to strengthen health improvement and healthcare in some of the poorest in African societies.

“So far over 500 volunteer health professionals from Wales have given their time and expertise as part of Wales for Africa. And it is not only Africa that benefits from these links. Health professionals here who take part in this work are stretching their skills and learning to think creatively in situations where few material resources are available.

“They gain experience in training, leadership, organisational management and problem solving as well as gaining a better understanding of health problems in sub-Saharan Africa.”

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