On January 17th 2019 we held a very well attended launch for the UK medical community in the Old Boadroom at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Among the attendees were Dr Chris Turner (Clinical Director of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery), Professor Michael Hanna (Director of the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology), Dr Michael Brown (Clinical Director for the Division of Infection, UCLH), Dr Philip Gothard (Postgraduate Clinical Training Lead, UCL Institute for Global Health) and Dr Nick Ward (Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation).
Dr Laura Benjamin and Dr Rob Simister introduced the project and Simone Browning and Selina Edwards spoke about their visit to Malawi and how a nurse led unit service will be vital in delivering a sustainable stroke unit.
Commonwealth scholar, Dr Yohane Gadama, a visiting Malawian doctor to UCL, gave a particularly impassioned talk. He spoke of how Malawi, a country comparable in population to Scotland and London combined, has no neurologists. This is something we aspire to change with the introduction of the stroke unit.
A raffle on the night raised £385 for the unit.
Professor Stephen Gordon, Director of the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme supports the Malawi Stroke Unit and sent us this video to congratulate us on the launch: