Building neurosurgical capacity in low and middle income countries

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Building neurosurgical capacity in low and middle income countries



JournaleNeurologicalSci
Publication date – Jun – 2016
Authors – Anthony Fuller, Tu Tranb, MichaelMuhumuza, Michael M. Haglund
KeywordsCapacity building, Developing country, global surgery, Neurosurgery/education, Uganda
Open access – Yes
SpecialityNeurosurgery
World region Eastern Africa
Country: Uganda, United States of America
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on July 31, 2018 at 12:17 am
Abstract:

Neurosurgery capacity in low- and middle-income countries is far from adequate; yet burden of neurological diseases, especially neuro-trauma, is projected to increase exponentially. Previous efforts to build neurosurgical capacity have typically been individual projects and short termmissions. Recognizing the dual needs of addressing disease burden and building sustainable, long-term neurosurgical care capacity, we describe in this paper an ongoing collaboration between the Mulago Hospital Department of Neurosurgery (Kampala, Uganda) and Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC, USA) as a replicable model to meet the dual needs. The collaboration employs a threefold approach to building capacity: technology, twinning, and training performed together in a top-down approach. Also described are lessons learned to date by Duke Global Neurosurgery and Neurosciences (DGNN) and applicability beyond Kampala.

OSI Number – 10200
PMID – 2405-6502

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