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Sheffield Iraq co-operation on Health care

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sheffield Hallam University and the Iraqi Ministry of Health have developed professional health development programmes for Iraqi medical staff which have proved very successful. Meg Munn MP recently facilitated a meeting between His Excellency Simon Collis, UK Ambassador to Iraq, and Jim Scarthin, British Council Iraq Director, and the two officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Health who have been instrumental in establishing them, Dr. Shakir Mahmood Muhammed and Dr. Mohamed Nemat.

The Iraqis described the difficulties that medical staff experienced during the period of dictatorship when Iraq was isolated and they had little exposure to international best practice. The new Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses sponsored by the Iraqi Ministry of Health are part of their plan to improve the capabilities and standing of their health care professionals.

Students include doctors and pharmacists who work whilst learning about medical leadership, nurses trained to international nursing standards and radiographers studying radiation therapy physics. The students spend two separate periods in Sheffield and undertake projects on their return to Iraq. All students must have good English and co-operation with the British Council has been vital in providing support and internationally recognised tests of English competence. Plans are in already in place for courses until 2017.

Meg said:

“I was delighted that our Ambassador to Iraq had the opportunity to hear directly from Ministry of Health doctors about the co-operation between Iraq and Sheffield Hallam and to learn about the successful courses. The meeting was also an opportunity to explore other possible joint projects on health issues and to consolidate the support of the British Council. I have no doubt that further positive relationships will develop between Iraq and the UK in the field of health.”


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