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Tuesday 11 December 2018

One step further for Gorey Malawi Health Partnership

Tom Breslin, Mary Tully, Dr Peter Harrington, Nalini Ambiavagar, Lisa Wade, Nadine Ferris France from Esther Ireland, Denise Behan, Dr Joe Gallagher, Marie Kinsella and David Weakliam from Esther Ireland
Tom Breslin, Mary Tully, Dr Peter Harrington, Nalini Ambiavagar, Lisa Wade, Nadine Ferris France from Esther Ireland, Denise Behan, Dr Joe Gallagher, Marie Kinsella and David Weakliam from Esther Ireland

Sara Gahan

The Gorey Malawi Health Partnership, based in The Palms Surgery on The Avenue, has been approved by Esther Ireland as a partner, the very first GP surgery to have been granted such a status.

Esther Ireland is tasked with promoting health partnerships between Ireland and the developing world and is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs' Irish Aid Programme. The Gorey Health Partnership took part in a trip to Mzuzu in Malawi in August where they developed a system to help manage and treat patients with asthma and COPD.

'This is effectively a stamp of approval from ESTHER Ireland for the work of the partnership and suggests that our work is moving in the right direction,' said Dr Peter Harrington.

'It also means that the partnership can continue to apply for funds ringfenced for Esther partners to support our work.'

Later this year funds from Esther Ireland will be used to bring two or three health workers from St John's Hospital, Mzuzu and Mzuzu Central Hospital to the Palms GP Surgery to view the chronic disease management programs.

Dr Harrington said they are greatly encouraged by this latest development and are the first GP surgery to have been granted such a status.

Gorey Guardian

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