Volunteers step forward

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staff from Edinburgh University have been selected for a scheme that will provide training for life-saving healthcare to medical workers in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Volunteer health professionals from across Britain will teach and offer practical assistance to their counterparts in the developing world under the UK government’s Health Partnership Scheme.

Over four years, the programme will train 13,000 people in areas including trauma care, mental health, anaesthesia and maternal and child health.

Edinburgh University will work with partners in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia to strengthen and integrate palliative care services within each country’s health system to ensure that those living with HIV and Aids, and other life-limiting illnesses, can receive care, pain relief and support.