One of our greatest achievements at Sheffmed has been our involvement with Malawi’s national development plan for ear care. Working in conjunction with NHS Fife and other organisations for the last 4 years, we have been able to help Malawian hospitals deliver ENT services for the first time in the country’s history.
A big part of this project are exchanges between the two countries which are funded by Sheffmed, with staff at NHS Fife visiting Malawi and Malawian nurses visiting the UK for training. This year’s exchange sees Emily and Squaiker spending six weeks at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. Here they are posing with Tricia, one of the UK nurses deeply involved with Malawi.
Emily and Squaiker work at the ENT & Audiology Unit at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre which is Malawi’s second biggest city. This is the country’s only dedicated ENT facility and is responsible for the entire population which now stands at over 18 million people.
During their visit, Emily and Squaiker will have their existing knowledge base built on with training in more invasive procedures, good clinical practice and a greater understanding of less-common ENT illnesses. Once the exchange is over, the nurses will return to Malawi to continue delivering first-class healthcare and pass on the knowledge they’ve found to their colleagues.