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Philanthropic work

ugandaRoyal Free Global Partnerships is a charitable organisation of doctors and healthcare professionals at the Royal Free Foundation NHS Trust involved in philanthropic medical work by fostering healthcare partnerships with sister healthcare institutions in developing countries.

The aims of the group are broadly:

  1. To promote teaching and training of health care professionals in developing countries as well as facilitating electives and secondments of UCL medical students, Royal Free nurses, allied healthcare professionals and doctors to partner healthcare institutions.
  2. Where required, to assist in establishing new services, the development of local protocols and guidelines to improve all aspects of medical and clinical care provision in allied institutions.
  3. To foster and develop mutually beneficial collaborative research with partners in the developing world.
  4. To develop experience and funding to support the development of further philanthropic links with new sister units.

For further information or if you wish to become involved please contact:

Dr Sanjay Bhagani

ugandaStephen Mepham

Alison Rodger

Dr Mark Harber

Teaching and research in Uganda

Several of our doctors have shared their expertise with staff at Mbarara University Hospital, a teaching hospital in southern Uganda.

In this area there is a large HIV population, significant amounts of infectious disease and trauma and a rapidly increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease. 

UgandaOur doctors have provided teaching to medical students and junior doctors at the hospital in the areas of infectious diseases, hepatology and nephrology and have established a free update course for junior doctors in the region. They also plan to help establish services including acute peritoneal dialysis for patients with acute kidney injury and a Hepatitis B testing, assessment and management service. In addition, the links with the hospital have also led to joint HIV research projects.

Mbarara University Hospital Uganda: Ways to get involved:

  1. Fundraising to provide travel for nursing staff and therapists to visit and teach (Royal Free Charity Fund 101)
  2. Contact Dr Sanjay Bhagani or Dr Mark Harber if you are interested in electives, collaborative research or teaching visits

ugandaOther projects are also underway. For more information, please contact Mark Harber, consultant nephrologist, email or Sanjay Bhagani, email


Plastic surgery in Sierra LeoneĀ 

One of our consultant plastic surgeons, Barbara Jemec, has twice visited Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone, to treat patients with upper limb problems and injuries and train surgeons there how to perform specialist plastic surgery.

She treated patients and shared expertise on a wide variety of hand-related conditions, including upper limb injuries, congenital defects and malformations, contractures from burns and untreated fractures and dislocations.

The visits have been coordinated by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and the charity ReSurge Africa. For more information, read the news story or visit the Royal Free blog or email Miss Barbara Jemec,