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Welsh graduates repeat their Africa health mission

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PUBLIC HEALTH in two of Africa's poorest countries is set to get a lift thanks to graduate civil engineers from the UK Wales local association.

A team of 10 volunteer graduate engineers is due to travel out to Gambia and Uganda at the end of the year to take part in a project to construct three public toilet blocks and several refuse repositories.

The project is a continuation of work that was started in the Gambia last year, when a team of six graduates built two public toilet blocks in the capital city of Banjul for Kanifing Municipal Council.

All six graduates - Lloyd Jenkins, Sarah McNae, David Hornblower, Chris Sinclair, Rebecca Marsay and John Cotton - found the challenge so rewarding that they are involved again this year.

They are joined by Max Biles, Anne Brown, Sarah Munks and Nick Price. Two two-strong teams will head back to the Gambia and three two-strong teams will go to Mbale in Uganda. In both countries the task will be to improve sanitation through the construction of toilet blocks and refuse repositories.

Each team will spend two weeks on site, starting in October. To cover the cost of materials and in country transport the project needs to raise ú13,000.

Team members must find ú700 each to cover flights and accommodation.

The fund currently stands at ú9,000 ($13,000), with $2,100 donated by Engineers Against Poverty and $3,300 pledged by ICE President Sir Joe Dwyer to match money raised at the Wales association annual dinner in May. The project team has organised a number of fund raising events.

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