One of our Nursing Supervisors and Anaesthetists describes how SURG-Africa is working to improve surgical conditions in district hospitals in Zambia
Judith Munthali, the president of Zambia Operating Theatre Nurses Interest Group and one of our SURG-Africa supervisors in Zambia, provides a brief overview of how SURG-Africa activities help address the current local needs related to surgical nursing care at district level hospitals in Zambia.
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Dr Daniel Makawa, deputy director of Clinical Care and Technical Services within the Ministry of Health in Zambia, provides a brief overview of the collaboration between the Zambian Ministry of Health and SURG-Africa. The Surg-Africa project aims to scale up safe accessible surgery for district and rural populations in Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.
Our team on the ground gives an overview of how SURG-Africa looks and works in Zambia
This video illustrates the experience of running SURG-Africa (Scaling Up Safe Surgery for District and Rural populations in Africa) in district hospitals in Zambia. SURG-Africa is a 4 year implementation research project (2016-2020) which aims to scale up safe accessible surgery for district and rural populations in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. This is being achieved through establishing the effectiveness of a district level surgical supervision model, thus enabling surgeon specialists to be trainers and mentors of district hospital staff. SURG-Africa supports ministries of health from partner countries to scale-up district-level safe surgery country-wide.
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.
In its first field trip the SURG-Africa Team joins global leaders in surgery at the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference and the Ministry of Health in Tanzania to discuss specific and concrete actions for expanding access to safe, high quality, affordable surgery and anaesthesia, particularly in rural and under-served areas.
o The SURG-Africa consortium has been awarded €6 million in research funding by the European Commission to bring life-saving surgery to neglected families and communities in Africa.