FINANCE: Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust has won a government grant which will see some of its health professionals train staff in Tanzania.

Northumbria Healthcare has been awarded a grant by UK Aid to assist with the development of Tanzania’s first dedicated burns unit at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in northern Tanzania. Currently burns patients across Tanzania are being cared for on general surgical wards where the risk of cross infection is high.

Helen Boon, from Northumbria, is the project lead. She will lead a team of five specialists who will go to KCMC next month to deliver teaching and practical training to staff. KCMC’s director of nursing Redempta Mamseri is currently visiting Northumbria to gather information and lessons to take back.

The work is part of a wider project led by the Department for International Development.