Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Botswana-Cambridge health partnership

Botswana Neonatal Nurse Training

“I believe that through sharing my skills overseas, I can make a significant difference to patients. Equally I learn a lot about myself, my practice and my team that I can bring back to the UK to improve care that I provide to patients in CUH.”Sue Broster, Rosie Hospital Consultant and Botswana volunteer

Our longest established partnership is with Botswana, where we have been working with our partners in the Ministry of Health and at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone which is the largest referral hospital and the main teaching hospital for the country’s only medical school.

We have a number of clinical programmes:

  • Eye health
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Newborn health 
  • Emergency Medical Services

In recent years the partnership has broadened out to support the Ministry of Health’s nation-wide programme to screen for and prevent avoidable blindness. 90% of the world’s visually impaired population are in low- and middle-income countries. Many causes for the loss of sight are preventable and can be cured through surgery.