Previewing film about Africa link

Surgeons Dr Kondo Chilonga and Liam Horgan at the preview screening.
Surgeons Dr Kondo Chilonga and Liam Horgan at the preview screening.

Invited guests enjoyed a preview screening of film celebrating an award-winning international partnership.

Novemba tells the story of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s link with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania, which has included introducing laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery to the country.

The preview of the behind-the-scenes documentary – which follows the team as they perform the country’s first laparoscopic day-case operation, where the patient has the procedure and goes home the same day – took place at the Tyneside Cinema.

The film will be premiered at the Global Health Film Festival in London in November.

Dr Kondo Chilonga, head of surgery at KCMC, attended the screening at the Tyneside Cinema.

He said: “I was delighted to be able to be in the UK to attend the screening of the documentary which really brings home the benefits that working with Northumbria Healthcare has brought.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support Northumbria has provided us and quite simply, without it, we wouldn’t have been able to introduce laparoscopic surgery which has transformed the way we perform operations in our hospital.

“Now we have trained surgeons in other hospitals across Tanzania so our work is benefitting the entire country.”

To view a short trailer, visit https://vimeo.com/172124024