Supporting the Work of the Joanna Briggs Foundation

Together with our partners across many countries, we help to improve health outcomes and prevent the spread of many conditions. In the developing world, such conditions include malaria, HIV and chronic diarrhoea, along with a very high infant mortality rate. Health professionals and support staff in these regions need access to the latest and best available knowledge.

This knowledge exists and can be made readily available to disadvantaged communities through the Joanna Briggs Institute.

Through the establishment of Clinical Fellowship Programs, the Joanna Briggs Foundation is able to work with clinicians and other health professionals and bring to them the benefits of the JBI’s evidence-based approaches to health care.

The Clinical Fellowship program is tailored to individual needs and teaches key medical staff from developing countries to use treatments and protocols, proven to be world’s best practice by the JBI.

With support from corporate and individual donors, the JBF can fund medical staff and managers from disadvantaged communities countries to study at the JBI in Adelaide. Importantly, our training will equip these health professionals to implement their new learnings in their own communities. This is a key element in ensuring effective knowledge transfer.

The Joanna Briggs Foundation recently funded a group of 10 African medical specialists to participate in the Fellowship Program.  Since returning to their medical facilities in the local communities, they have achieved significant results.

Real People, Real Communities – proven results

Dr Christine Muhumuza

Christine completed her Clinical Fellowship at the Joanna Briggs Institute in 2012. Christine works at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Uganda and said the incidence of hospital-acquired infections was high in Africa, where many doctors were forced to provide their own soap.

“Sometimes we run out of water and the health professionals have to bring in their own hand sanitation“, Dr Muhumuza said.

Dr Muhumuza works in a children’s hospital and says after her audit the hospital’s administration provided alcohol hand gel, liquid soap and paper towels. Hand washing compliance increased from 15 per cent to 73 per cent, and hand washing post consultation rose from 8 to 68 per cent.

“The rate of infection will go down because the rate of compliance will go up”, Dr Muhumuza said.

Dr Richard Mangwi
Dr Richard Mangwi

Dr Richard Mangwi

Dr Richard Mangwi, also from Uganda, implemented a program to educate mothers immediately after birth, such as encouraging breast feeding within an hour of labour, and umbilical cord care to prevent infection and septicaemia.

Dr Mangwi said African mothers often waited several days before breastfeeding while they waited for their milk to come down, and instead fed them unsanitised water or sugar. By introducing breast milk or colostrum early, they limited the incidence of diarrhoea and illness and reduced mortality. Further, in Richard’s village, it was also the practice to apply animal manure to the umbilical cord. Infant mortality was extremely high throughout the entire area. Dr Mangwi completed his audits and recommended changes that were implemented by the hospital administration. Through making these changes, infant mortality in the community has been drastically reduced.