Fellowship leads to global partnership to help street kids

Published: 13 Mar 2015

Author: Andrew Rowland
Fellowship leads to global partnership to help street kids

Professor Andrew Rowland, Honorary Professor at the University of Salford, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at North Manchester General Hospital, and a Churchill Fellow of 2014, has joined the Board of Directors at M’Lop Tapang for an initial period of three years as an unremunerated, voluntary appointment.

A new three year global partnership has now been formed between The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Salford and M’Lop Tapang, a local non-profit organisation that works with over 4,000 children and families living on the streets of Sihanoukville in Cambodia.

The main goals of the partnership are to share clinical expertise as well as knowledge of child protection issues between the partnership organisations so that all three can develop and learn new skills from one another.

As a board member Professor Rowland, who will become registered with the Cambodian Medical Council later this year, has committed to travelling to Cambodia twice per year for five days at a time to undertake mobile medical clinics with the staff at M’Lop Tapang. He will also do some educational work around the recognition of sick children and safeguarding vulnerable children.

The partnership, which has not had any financial impact on The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, was agreed following Professor Rowland’s visit to Cambodia last year as a Churchill Fellow and the publication of his widely-read report.

“Every child should have every chance of good health, every chance of happiness and every chance of protection from harm. This partnership is one exciting way that we can have a positive influence on those ultimate aims.” - Andrew Rowland

Watch a short video outlining the excellent work that M’Lop Tapang have been doing, or read Professor Rowland's blog.