HEALTH PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UGANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH, UGANDA BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE AND NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT
In the bid to foster shared learning, joint working and co-development, the Uganda UK Health Alliance facilitated recent meetings in Kampala between representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), Transplant Community Links (TCL), Uganda Blood Transfusion Service (UBTS), Mulago Hospital and the Permanent Secretary, Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH). The purpose was two fold:
These collaborations provide mutual benefit to the participating organisations. For NHSBT, greater insight is provided into the reasons why adult black Africans do or don’t donate their blood, organs and tissues. This is important in the fight to obtain sufficient BAME donations in the UK to treat sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia. The partnerships also offer excellent personal and leadership development opportunities for NHSBT staff, and enhance NHSBT’s global reputation.
The meetings, combined with a tour of the proposed organ unit at Mulago, proved highly successful. On the organ side, a number of activities were identified, all designed to aid the development of a living kidney donation and transplantation service at Mulago Hospital in Kampala. These included:
A number of risks and challenges were also identified, including:
The UBTS – NHSBT health partnership is entering its 2nd year. Good progress has been made on a number of fronts, including:
The Permanent Secretary was asked for her support in the following areas: