Students team up to offer lifesaving nets to families

10 September 2014

GCCN students distribute the lifesaving nets

GCCN students distribute the lifesaving nets

Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) students have distributed lifesaving mosquito nets to families in Bangladesh on behalf of School of Health and Life Sciences students.

GCU Nursing students raised more than £170 to buy 66 nets after hearing about the dangers of vector-borne illnesses (diseases carried by insects) such as malaria in a joint lecture with GCCN students held to mark World Health Day in April.

Lecturer Jackie Gillespie said: “After learning more about vector-borne diseases during the lecture, GCU’s student nurses were so moved by the difference a mosquito net could make to families in Bangladesh that they were delighted to collaborate with their peers at GCCN to help fund and distribute potentially lifesaving nets. The nets were distributed by GCCN students this summer during their community nursing placements to local people they identified as being most in need.”

Around 300 second-year Nursing students from the Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disability disciplines discussed disease, health care and nursing training in the UK and in Bangladesh with their counterparts in Dhaka during the joint skype lecture.

Added Jackie: “The joint lecture and subsequent discussion offered a fascinating opportunity for GCU and GCCN students to share their experiences. We hope the opportunity to experience international collaborative learning will encourage them to consider taking up a placement internationally as part of their studies and seeing this joint fundraising activity come to fruition further strengthens that.”