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Alder Hey builds international links with Nepal

Alder Hey and Kanti Children's Hospital begin a new partnershipAlder Hey has taken an international step forward by signing a special partnership agreement with Kanti Children’s Hospital in Nepal.

Representatives from Alder Hey and Kanti Hospital have signed an agreement to exchange knowledge and skills in areas of paediatric medicine and surgery including clinical practice, working practices, the use of technologies and research.

Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey said: “Alder Hey has an important role to play in improving the health of children and young people across the world. Many developing countries are keen to work with healthcare professionals in the UK to enhance their health service via training and exchanging best practice. Sharing our knowledge and expertise with health professionals at Kanti Children’s Hospital will make a huge difference in the delivery of children’s healthcare in Nepal while also increasing our understanding of global health issues.”

Kanti Children’s Hospital is the only government-run children’s hospital in Nepal. Nestling between the Tibet and India, Nepal is a country of around 30million people and is one of the world’s poorest countries. Health in the country is poor by international standards; common diseases and illnesses include diarrhoea, goiter, intestinal parasites, leprosy and tuberculosis. Nepal also has high rates of child malnutrition and under-five child mortality. Healthcare facilities, hygiene and sanitation are generally poor.

There are many challenges which affect treatment in this country including poverty, the high cost of treatment, lack of experience or training and lack of awareness of conditions which can lead to late diagnosis. There are also problems with vital supportive care including infection control, pain relief, blood product administration and nutrition. Alder Hey will work closely with Kanti Children’s Hospital to improve many services including burns, cancer, surgery, anaesthetics, intensive care, emergency medicine and life support.

Professor Barry Pizer, Consultant Oncologist at Alder Hey explains: “This is a very special moment for both Alder Hey and Kanti Children’s Hospital as together we aim to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Nepal. Clinicians from Alder Hey frequently visit Kanti Hospital and have already established strong links with a number of the staff there. This agreement will enable us to build on these links by setting out clear goals; to reduce child morbidity and mortality from preventable causes, to improve knowledge and skills by improving education and training and to improve the experience of children, young people and families receiving care at Kanti Hospital.”

Director of Kanti Children’s Hospital Ram Bichha, who signed the memorandum during his visit to Alder Hey said: “This is a very exciting partnership which will enable us to provide a greater quality of care to children and young people. We are the only only government run children’s hospital in Nepal and the support and co-operation of Alder Hey is vital for us in improving the care and treatment we provide.”

For more information visit the So The Child May Live website.

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