NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is part of the NHS Scotland Global Citizenship Programme. This programme aims to increase NHS Scotland’s global health contribution, by enabling NHS staff to participate in global citizenship activities and projects, both in the Scotland and overseas.
One of the key focus areas of the Scottish Government’s International Development Strategy is a commitment to supporting our partner countries and enable the strengthening of health care capacity and capabilities. This is something that NHSGGC has been involved with for many years and which we continue to play a significant role in.
We have been extensively involved in a twinning scheme between Glasgow and Lahore in Pakistan, which has been operational for a number of years. This has enabled the opportunity to develop longstanding relationships with colleagues in Lahore in multiple specialties and many individual health professions including nursing and many allied health professionals. This in turn has led to initiatives including an education programme for infant feeding being established.
We have also undertaken a training programme in Health and Wellbeing for Psychologists in Palestine. This is the first evidence-based applied child psychology programme in the Palestinian context and is focussed on workforce development and applied training that will improve the competence and capacity of professionals to better support Palestinian infants, children, and adolescents in several focus areas including health, education and well-being.
These are just two of the projects NHSGGC has been involved with and we should be very proud of the efforts of our staff who have worked so tirelessly to enable their success.
This year, an NHS Global Citizenship storybook has been launched, which includes 32 case studies of global citizenship projects across the world. We will be sharing some of these stories in the coming days.
A Global Citizenship podcast has also been launched, which interviews the winner and finalists of the Health Awards Global Citizenship about their global health partnership work.
John Brown, Chair of the NHS Scotland Global Citizenship Advisory Board and NHSGGC Chairman, said:
“We should be very proud of the work we have undertaken to develop global partnerships, support international development and enable opportunities for our staff to participate in global citizenship activities, at home and abroad.”