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Foundation trust to support nursing in Uganda

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The head of nursing in the war torn African country of Uganda visited nurses at a foundation trust in the South East earlier this month.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust, which has sites in Surrey and Middlesex, hosted Uganda’s chief nurse, Enid Mwebaza, on 13 February.

She came to St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey where she visited several wards and met members of nursing staff, including the trust’s chief nurse Suzanne Rankin.

The visit was part of a new initiative aimed at giving British support to the re-building of Uganda’s health services after 20 years of civil war.

Ms Rankin has agreed to mentor Ms Mwebaza, whose full title is assistant health commissioner (nursing) at the Uganda Ministry of Health.

After the visit, Ms Rankin said: “I was delighted and honoured to be asked to help the Uganda health service to develop and improve after the terrible time the country has been through.

“Enid is under no illusions about the problems she faces, but she is keen to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the NHS. We will be in frequent touch over the coming months.”

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