Dolen in conjunction with volunteers from the Betsi Quthing Partnership has been successful in gaining two grants for a project with the Family Medicine Speciality Training Program in Leribe. The FMSTP is the only postgraduate training for doctors in Lesotho, and currently has 11 senior doctors on it, who are all in leadership positions across 6 Districts.
This project is based on the specific requests from the doctors. It has several elements:
- Provision of some PPE and basic equipment (oximeters/ thermometers) for the 11 Registrars and their facilities
- Staff Wellbeing Service: based on the COVID19 service set up in March in the Best Cadwaladr Health Board by the Clinical Psychology service for NHS staff, which offers one to one and group sessions online/ phone to support frontline staff deal with the personal and professional impact of this challenge
- Educational sessions through distance learning.
- Provision for an in-country co-ordinator for the work based in Leribe.
Dolen has worked closely with the FMSTP over the last few years with volunteers from the Royal College of General Practitioners in Wales delivering mental health gap and palliative care training. The education sessions will build on this work.
Dolen Chair Dr Paul Myres said," We are really pleased to make a difference in this small way to Lesotho's COVID response. With the number of cases being identified increasing daily in Lesotho there is a definite need for more PPE, basic equipment and training.
“Some of the doctors are already feeling very stressed and there is no local support service available so we are really pleased to be able to offer this and to do it remotely" "
The money is from two emergency COVID19 funds set up by the Welsh Government and by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.