Our projects with nurses includes partnering with the diaspora nursing community. The diaspora nursing community is defined as nurses living and working outside their country of origin. We have seen that these nurses are well placed to influence the health of their communities, both in their new country and back home.
Groups of diaspora nurses and other health professionals are engaged in a variety of health-promoting initiatives with nursing colleagues and others in their home countries. Since 2012, we’ve worked closely with the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation on initiatives in both Uganda and the United Kingdom.
Through funding from the Burdett Trust for Nursing, we completed five workshops in collaboration with the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation in Uganda (Mubende, Kira and Kampala) from 2014 to 2015.
One of the workshops highlighted the importance of Community dialogue and engagement for non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention.
District volunteer teams (nurses, village health teams, local councillors, community workers and Uganda NCD Alliance health experts) delivered key messages on tackling non-communicable disease (NCD) . These messages were also shared by local radio stations. 60% of the 573 workshop participants said they planned to change their lifestyles because of the programme.
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