Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Travel bursary helps health visitor with African charity work

  • 1 Comment

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust health visitor Carolyn Taylor has been awarded a bursary to do voluntary work with the charity she founded in one of the poorest countries in the world.

Ms Taylor has worked as a health visitor for 40 years. She initially visited Mityana, a town surrounded by villages in the central region of Uganda, in 2000, through her links with the Scouting movement.

In 2007, she set up the Mityana Community Development Foundation and the charity now runs a community primary school for 500 pupils, as well as a community centre with internet café, library, adult literacy classes and a credit union.

Ms Taylor was given the 2015 MacQueen Travel Bursary for Public Health Activity Abroad.

She said she would use the £2,000 bursary to pay for more flights to Uganda. While there, she aims provide breastfeeding education and support and begin training local health trainers in all aspects of public health to enable them to help their communities.

Ms Taylor said: “I am honoured to have been presented with the MacQueen Travel Bursary. All of the charity’s directors, like myself, are volunteers. Our visits are self-financed and we need to raise around £10,000 a year for running costs.

“I normally go to Mityana twice a year and I know the people there so well now that they’re like family,” she said. “It is fantastic to see what a difference we can make to their lives. I am also delighted to be able to use my knowledge and skills to further improve their health.”

Her charity welcomes donations of items, such as toothbrushes, pencils and pens. People can also sponsor animals and vital water filters to provide clean water.

 

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Health visitor Carolyn Taylor with her travel bursary certificate

  • 1 Comment

Readers' comments (1)

  • Congratulations, fantastic work, keep it up ! I work at the St Marys hospital Lacor and COrsu hospital in entebbe. Such rewarding work .

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs