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New centre to facilitate nursing links with developing countries

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Nurses who wish to develop professional links with colleagues overseas have been given a boost by investment in a new advice centre.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health (LATH) have received a £560,000 grant from the Department for International Development to set up a UK International Health Links Centre.

The centre is intended to act as a “one-stop-shop” source of information, advice and guidance to potential developers of links, and those wishing to strengthen existing links, between health organisations in the developing world and those in the UK. It will have its own dedicated website and library.

International development minister Mike Foster said: “British doctors and nurses have an opportunity to make a difference by training staff in developing countries who can then serve their local communities without the need to leave home.

“Their skill, commitment and drive will ultimately save thousands of lives. We are proud of the difference they are making and will continue to support initiatives like this which give them the opportunity to help the world’s most vulnerable people.”

Launching later this year, the centre will initially be funded for two years.

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