“All face to face meetings and travel have been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic but research is still going on. Check each project page to see what we have been doing”

Since BLPL secured their successful Department of Health and Social Care grant. They have been busy and here’s a snapshot of some of their outputs:

  • Three – day shared learning conference was held in Lusaka, June 2019 to enable stakeholder engagement and train-the-trainer workshops for Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)
  • Installation of WHO-approved Handrub production facility at UTH. This has proved invaluable during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Provision of and installation of hand rub dispensers throughout UTH
  • Bare-below-the-elbow dress code (BBE) adopted nationally and implementation started in UTH
  • 34 Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) champions have been trained at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Lusaka and Ndola hospital
  • An IPC and handrub production educational video has been produced by our Zambian colleagues and will be shared across the country soon
  • Specialist AMS pharmacist post created and appointed at UTH, Lusaka
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of AMS undertaken using the Global-Point Prevalence Survey
  • Modified antimicrobial prescribing chart introduced and audited at UTH
  • Finally, the BLPL has recently secured further funding to implement IPC measures during the COVID19 pandemic

The Brighton Lusaka Health Link (BLHL) empowers Zambian and UK-based health care professionals to share skills and knowledge within an overall goal of improving healthcare in Zambia.

The Link was established in 2005 and is partnership between Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS trust, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia and other allied institutions including the Medical Schools and Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in both cities. The Link was registered as a charity in September 2011.

The overarching aim of the Link is to provide educational and clinical support for the Healthcare Professionals in UTH to help provide a high standard of care in Lusaka.

We raise funds which are used to support scoping visits allowing colleagues from Brighton and Lusaka to meet and develop projects that tackle and need that has been identified by Zambian colleagues. These visits allow relationships, friendships and ideas to develop into a programme of activities. The Link supports the development of bids for more substantive funding from other sources (e.g. the British Council, larger charities and private donors).

Please visit the projects pages to find out more about our projects.