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Nottingham Jimma Link

How the link started

NUH has a link partnership with Jimma Hospital in Ethiopia. It started in 1993 when Professor John Britton became involved in research into asthma in Jimma, and has grown from there.


How the link works

The Link works by Jimma Hospital letting us know which areas they would like support with, and us matching up members of NUH staff to send over. Our work is based on sharing skills and knowledge with each other. Mutual respect, collaboration and relationship underpin what we do.


How staff benefit

Staff in both Jimma and Nottingham benefit. We get the opportunity to see patients with tropical and infectious diseases that we don’t see often in Nottingham, as well as advanced non-communicable diseases and trauma. We learn a great deal from working within a different culture and health system.

There are far fewer resources available in Jimma for treating patients – much has to be re-used, or improvised. The staff in Jimmma are highly resourceful, and it is amazing what can be done with very little. Staff come back with an appreciation for just how much can be done by getting the basics right; a useful lesson to take.


Who is involved?

Staff from many different hospital specialties have visited Jimma. In addition to doctors and nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, engineers, hospital records, IT, library and even Peter Homa have visited.


Getting involved

If you would be interested in finding out more about the Link please contact


Supporting the link

The Link is financed through fundraising and the occasional grant. In order to raise funds the Link put on many events throughout the year.

If you would like to donate you can download a regular giving form here, alternatively you can visit our just giving page here.


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