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Supporting the Betsi-Quthing Health Partnership
Thursday 24th March 2016

Did you know that you can support a healthcare partnership between Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, and Quthing District in Lesotho through the North Wales NHS Charity, Awyr Las?

A team of health workers; nurses, midwives, doctors, public health specialists and health service researchers and evaluators working across North Wales have developed the exciting partnership with health colleagues and the community in Quthing, Lesotho, to address key health needs and to share with one another skills, ideas and experiences in healthcare.

The partnership was recently awarded funding under the Welsh Government’s Health Partnership Scheme to provide training on leadership, management and clinical skills to the primary care nursing workforce in Quthing District, Lesotho.

Dr Kathrin Thomas, Chair of the Betsi-Quthing link, said:

“I have visited Quthing and seen for myself the huge challenges that health workers face, and I am amazed at their commitment and resilience. We are learning from each other, and we hope that this project will enable us to help people in Quthing get the healthcare that can make a difference between life or death to so many.”

The training and support provided by North Wales Healthcare professionals will increase the capacity and capability of Quthing District’s primary care workforce; improve the quality of service at health centres; and improve access for the most remote populations.

With a shortage of 4.25 million health workers around the world, the growing gap between the supply of appropriately trained health workers and the demand for their services is a key issue for underdevelopment and poverty worldwide.

The scheme also benefits volunteers as they return to the NHS with increased knowledge, better leadership skills and an improved ability to deal with complex situations under pressure.

If you would like to donate to the Betsi-Quthing project please visit www.awyrlas.org.uk/donate/online-donation, call the Fundraising Support Team on 01248 384395, or email awyrlas@wales.nhs.uk. To find out more about the Betsi-Quthing link please contact Dr Kathrin Thomas (kathrin.thomas@wales.nhs.uk) or Aaron Pritchard (a.w.pritchard@bangor.ac.uk).

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