North Wales medical staff help hospitals in Ethiopia

rhian with students in ethiopia

A Conwy nurse has been explaining how she and a team of medical staff from north Wales have been helping hospital in Ethiopia.

Rhian Smith, 33, is a senior staff nurse on the neonatal unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire.

Since the hospital launched a link project with Hossana Hospital in southern Ethiopia in 2005, she has travelled there three times.

rhian with students in ethiopia
Rhian Smith said Welsh nurses also had a lot to learn from Ethiopians

She is one of about 10 who flew back to Ethiopia in February.

Ms Smith and three colleagues travelled to Hossana Hospital, while the remainder of the team visited a different region.

She said: “The purpose is not about white man going in to do great things for the poor in Africa. It’s very much a two-way link.

“Ethiopian staff come over here, and teach and share experiences and we learn from them.

“We teach and support them as best we can when we’re over there.

“Our big project at the moment is that the hospital doesn’t really have a water supply.

“It comes into the compound and sometimes there’s a running supply on the ground floor, but not on the remaining three floors. They have stand pipes in the compound and water just has to be carried.

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