What type of surgery is being done in district hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa?, by Professor Chris Lavy and Grace Drury
SURG-Africa has been looking at how to scale up access to safe surgery for rural populations in Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, through strengthening surgical care provided by district hospitals. This has centred on regular in-service training for the surgical teams at district hospitals. Specialists from referral hospitals have visited district hospitals quarterly or bi-monthly for two years to provide mentoring, training and supervision to the local teams.
A picture is worth a thousand words: translating surgical data into user-friendly information, by Dr Mengyang Zhang
Due to a wider application of new technology in the health sector, the scale and the type of health data being collected are growing. Health information management systems are essential to inform policies and interventions to enhance the health and wellbeing of the population, and to support the long-term sustainability of national healthcare systems. However, in less developed countries it can be a challenge to manage data and extract key messages for policy makers in an efficient way.