Global Health – Gulu Manchester Link

We are unique in the North West as being one of the few Trusts to have an international health initiative, part of which is our Gulu-Man Link. UHSM has a long-standing healthcare education link with the Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University and the Regional Referral Hospital in Gulu, northern Uganda.

This link gives health workers, students and academics at UHSM and both Ugandan institutions the opportunity to share skills and develop their learning through innovative ways. The programme also enables our staff and students to make practical contributions to health systems in low to middle income countries.


Volunteer opportunities

Most overseas volunteers pay their own costs, rather than receiving funding from the NHS. To make a real difference to global health we depend on volunteers both from overseas and in the UK.

To date, staff from medical, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, administrative and management backgrounds from UHSM, North West hospitals and further afield have volunteered. We have placed healthcare professionals for longer term roles, ranging from six months to a year, to deliver healthcare directly to people in Gulu. We facilitate shorter length trips for healthcare educators who deliver education and support.

You don’t have to work for UHSM to volunteer for the programme overseas or help with fundraising here in the UK. To register your interest please complete the expression of interest form and email or for further information please contact: or call: 0161 291 5874.

What some of our volunteers say about their experiences

“Work of this kind makes a real and direct impact on staff and children’s lives. Despite many challenges at Gulu, I am surprised to feel very positive about my brief visit there and feel I have achieved a great deal in combination with (Gulu Hospital) staff”. Consultant Paediatrician, visited Gulu Regional Referral Hospital (GRRH)paediatrics dept on a short term programme in September 2016.

(We)have developed non-technical skills which have befitted (our) NHS work on return to the UK”.  Team delivering Acute Illness Management courses in November 2016.

Gulu regional referral hospital is an under resourced, under staffed and small hospital however I have had a fantastic time working here……. I feel I have come out a better nurse for it” UHSM nurse, long term  volunteer in April 2016.

“A very rewarding experience.” Pharmacist on a short term trip in July 2015.


Gulu-Man Report of Activity 2016/17