SURG-Africa’s ‘mobile phone surgical clinic’ in Malawi, awarded with the first One Surgery Community Award
Yesterday, 30th of May, One Surgery announced the winners of its inaugural One Surgery Community Award - Voice of One Surgery 2018. Following a public vote, SURG-Africa and the mobile phone surgical clinic conducted in Malawi, was chosen for its excellence in Global Surgery, together with other three projects.
SURG-Africa will celebrate its closing event tomorrow 25th of May, on the international commemoration of Global Surgery Day and Africa Day. The event, called Leaving no one behind: Equitable access to surgery in rural Africa will discuss universal health coverage, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. The live webinar will be hosted by the Irish Global Health Network, from 1-2pm (Irish time).
To avoid unnecessary surgical referrals, it is essential to train surgical staff at district hospitals so they are able to perform a wider variety of operations, in a safe way. For that purpose, SURG-Africa has implemented a training system using local surgical supervisors.
Thanks to this methodology, millions of people have benefited in rural areas of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. They are now able to receive high-quality surgical care closer to their homes, reducing the financial and emotional burden that referrals can put on households with scarce resources.