Our Global Surgery Seminar stressed the importance of training and supervising local surgical clinicians in the drive to improve global access to safe surgery.
Advocating for sustainable supervision systems for district clinicians at the latest G4 gathering
SURG-Africa’s work was presented at the G4 Alliance Permanent Council Meeting, which took place in Geneva in May 2019, highlighting some of the ways to increase access to safe surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa. We stressed the importance of mobilising specialist surgeons, predominantly working only in urban centres, through regular visits to district hospitals to build the capacities of local surgical teams and to bring their expertise closer to hard to reach communities in rural areas.
Read the full presentation here.
Interesting results thus far - the intervention is proving successful!
Our research team met with 22 surgical providers from district hospitals in Malawi (13 control hospitals and 9 intervention hospitals). This was to conduct mid-term data collection surveys recording the capacity of surgical district hospitals based on the following components: personnel, infrastructure, procedures, equipment and supplies. The team also collected data from operating theatre registers, on all surgical cases performed in the 2018 calendar year.
The team also hosted a second Participatory Action Research (PAR) workshop. The workshop brought together SURG-Africa supervisors and clinicians from intervention district hospitals. As a group they reviewed the successes and challenges from the mentorship visits to-date, always with the view to improving future supervisory visits.
SURG-Africa researchers from Ireland, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia present their work at the COSECSA Conference and all country partners meet to conduct the second annual SURG-Africa Consortium Meeting.
Hear from SURG-Africa on their Mobile Managed Clinical Network in Malawi which has facilitated mentorship between district and central surgical clinicians and decreased the number of unnecessary surgical referrals from the district level.
Meetings, meetings and hospital visits: RCSI team undertook a field trip to Malawi.
SURG-Africa participation to the 2nd African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREHEALTH)
SURG-Africa researchers, Mweene Cheelo representing Zambia and Adinan Juma from the Tanzania team took part to the 2nd AFREhealth Symposium.
SURG-Africa helps to address the constant flow of intestinal obstructions through practical workshops delivered by specialists from central hospitals for district clinicians. Parallel sessions included surgical nursing care and anaesthesia. Participants enjoyed hands-on practical sessions and interactions with their trainers.
SURG-Africa is about to pass its first 18 months. See where we are now: here is a brief outline of achievements since its launch in early 2017.
Our research capacity is growing! This month the SURG-Africa project welcomed two new researchers: Dr Alina Cosma and Dr Martilord Ifeanyichi.
SURG-Africa Zambia works to include surgical indicators in the national data collection system. So far, we have been quite successful!
Health Ministers from countries in the Eastern, Central and Southern parts of Africa know what SURG-Africa is. We presented our supervision model at the 65th ECSA-HC Health Ministers Conference in Dar es Salaam.
Being a good trainer does not only mean you have got just the right technical skills to pass on to you trainees. It also means you need to know how to talk to students, how to give feedback and provide supportive supervision. Our training package for surgical specialist covered it all.
ABCD - Always Be Collecting Data! Following consultations and approval of Malawi Ministry of Health we designed, printed and dispatched brand new, user friendly operating theatre registers to all government owned district hospitals. This will help to strengthen surgical data collection in these facilities.
Situation analysis completed! We collected evidence documenting surgical care in district facilities in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania
Since July 2017 the SURG-Africa team has been travelling extensively around Zambia, Malawi and the Northern Zone in Tanzania to conduct a situation analysis of surgical capacity at district hospitals.