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When will the light of rural surgery glow in West Africa?

There are additional challenges, described by Awojobi (4) as "The travails of rural surgery" which are of sufficient magnitude to justify the advocacy for a Diploma in Rural Surgery as a ''specialist entity'.  Such include:
 
The need to initially accept a spartan existence
Some degree of administrative competence
The need for bold surgical initiatives in the face of subliminal infrastructures
The skills to build community relationships
The flair for meticulous record-keeping,

Definitions and typology of Community Health Workers (9) Wound management

Villages and urban areas both have needs, but the needs are not the same. I agree wholeheartedly that the need for educated health care providers in remote villages is particularly severe, and that the strategies for addressing this need must be simple and sustainable. Maternal/child care is finally getting the attention needed to make a difference!
 

Free emergency first aid guide for rural sub-Saharan Africa

"First Aid Africa: A guide to the use and instruction of first aid in rural sub-Saharan Africa." 
The manual has been put together with assistance from key stakeholders in various countries in the region, and includes references to support the evidence-base for treatment of trauma and basic medical conditions.  The manual will be launched later in 2014 but we are looking for interested stakeholders within the sector, to share their opinions and feedback before it is made available to the public.   

Clinical Toxinology and Snake Anti-Venoms in India

Soumyadeep Bhaumik (HIFA Country Representative, India) has written an open-access piece on Clinical Toxinology and Snake Anti-Venoms in India:
 

Unavailability of Emergency and Essential Surgical Services at Primary Healthcare Level (8)

"There is impression worldwide that surgery is only for Secondary and Tertiary healthcare level. We have to strive for changing this false impression because Emergency and Essential Surgical services at first care level not only save lives but also prevent disability. "
 
 

Unavailability of Emergency and Essential Surgical Services at Primary Healthcare Level (11)

"The experience of our junior colleagues posted to outlying district hospitals is that on arrival, the community has great expectations  of the new doctor. They troop out in large numbers to consult him and as soon as his/her deficiency to deliver primary care surgery becomes apparent, they talk with their feet. They conclude, quite rightly, that he can not offer more than the experienced nurse they know. The doctor now resorts to trial and error to practice surgery at great costs to his reputation and the populace. This is the genesis of frustration and the desire to emigrate.

Launch of Spinal Cord Injury elearning - free - by The International Spinal Cord Society

I would like to advise members that the Spinal Cord Injury elearning will be launched on 4 September 2012 by The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).
http://www.iscos.org.uk/elearning

Surgical training in Nigeria (37) Surgical training for health professionals without a medical degree (65)

[...] some countries in Africa have tried producing non doctor operators (I wont call them surgeons because they are not) to perform certain operations like hernia repair and cataract extraction, etc. There are also claims that they perform as well as specialist surgeons under monitoring and remote supervision in those countries.

Surgical training in Nigeria (36) Surgical training for health professionals without a medical degree (63)

I think that training personnel to provide safe surgical services in Africa necessarily have to be country specific/individualised. For Nigeria, as I earlier commented, the current challenge is to provide enough surgical training posts to take care of the large numbers of young doctors willing and desiring to train in surgery. Our current efforts should be directed towards addressing this need, and should include developing middle level medically trained surgical manpower.

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