Strengthening Communications Infrastructure to Improve Partnership Efficiency in Kenya
The partnership between Mayo General Hospital and Londiani District Hospital, Londiani, Kenya, was first formalised in 2009, with the signing of an MOU between the institutions, facilitated by the NGO Friends of Londiani. In order to help facilitate the ongoing reciprocal training of clinicians between Mayo General Hospital, and Londiani District Hospital in Kenya, a Start-Up Grant has been awarded to facilitate the development of improved communications infrastructure. As a part of their ongoing activities, the partnership conducted a needs assessment and discussions between the institutions, with respect to communications. This revealed a significant need for improved systems, training, and hardware links that would enable the best levels of support and collaboration. Once in place, the new system will act as a conduit enabling monthly remote conferences to facilitate shared learning, and help serve Continuing Medical Education needs. In the coming months, the two institutions and Friends of Londiani will work closely to evaluate the effectiveness of the new systems, which will then feed into their 2016 planning.
The Mayo General Hospital + Londiani District Hospital partnership was approved as a full ESTHER Ireland partnership in 2015. Please click here to view the full partnership page, and click below to watch Mayo General Hospital’s Dr. Meabh Ni Bhuinneain speaking at the 1st ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Forum in November 2016.
Dr. Meabh Ni Bhuinneain (Consultant Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, Co. Mayo Ireland)
Mr. Isaac Langat (Hospital Administrator, Londiani District Hospital, Londiani, Kenya)