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Phoenix Project

Media and messaging for Phoenix Project

11 November 2015

Blog Post Author: Kevin Leonard (from Communications and Marketing))

I’ve just returned from an exhilarating two-week adventure in Namibia filming the Phoenix Project team as they trained doctors and students in anaesthesia, among many other activities.  My job is to make people aware of the great work that is taking place – and it’s not difficult because it’s making a real impact in tackling acute problems.

In Namibia, the anaesthesia and critical care training has attracted wide attention, which is not surprising in a country that has only a handful of specialist anaesthetists.  However their interest goes much further. Project staff appeared on state TV and radio to talk about not just anaesthesia but also e-learning and midwifery.

None of the project’s work would be possible of course without the fantastically dedicated team at the University of Namibia, and I’ve personally appreciated the support I’ve received from the comms department, particularly John Haufiku.

Cardiff University’s backing should also be highlighted, not least in allowing talented staff from all three Colleges and professional services to get involved, and my comms colleagues have been nothing but encouraging.

With everyone pulling together, anything is possible.

Kevin Leonard

Communications and Marketing

Cardiff University

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