Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taking Skills to Africa

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taking Skills to Africa

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Byline: By Jane Picken

Health workers from Tyneside are travelling to a community hospital in Kenya in a bid to learn more about the threat of HIV.

Officially there are 925 people in the North East with the deadly HIV infection, according to recent figures, but experts believe true numbers are higher.

And now North Tyneside medical experts will jet out to western Kenya to learn more about preventing and tackling the infection, which can develop into Aids, as well as tend their valuable skills to an under-resourced community hospital in Ndiwa.

Dr Leonie Walker, head of research and development, and community nurse Helen Boon, both from North Tyneside Primary Care Trust, will stay at the hospital for two weeks when they fly out on February 24.

"I'm very excited about the trip and it's going to be a huge challenge," said Dr Leonie, who has a PhD in immunology.

"There's a lot of work involved in our visit, as we're hoping to expand a testing and counselling service for people with HIV and Aids, as well as develop local education and research projects. …

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