Guest bloggers Gita Mody (Team Heart 2012), Robin Petroze & Edmond Ntaganda discuss efforts to strengthen surgical care in Rwanda.
In March 2011, the Rwanda Surgical Society hosted a workshop in Kigali on the theme “Strengthening Rwanda Surgery.” Rwanda has been extremely successful in combating morbidity and mortality due to communicable diseases and is now actively tackling treatment of non-communicable diseases, many of which require surgery. However, there are very few surgeons in Rwanda, and over the past several years, there has been growing interest amongst local, regional and international partners to promote Emergency and Essential Surgical Care as well as specialty surgical care in Rwanda. Therefore, the purpose of the workshop was for stakeholders in Rwandan surgery to meet one another, form the basis of lasting partnerships, and strategize on cooperatively expanding surgical services. The attendees were forty-five surgeons, anesthesiologists, industry representatives, residents, students, and others from five countries. There were some long-term and some brand new participants in Rwanda surgery, but all were eager to form a collaborative with a shared vision of a Rwandan-owned, sustainable surgical training and delivery program.
For the full article: http://blogs.plos.org/ speakingofmedicine/2012/03/20/strengthening-rwanda-surgery-surgical-residents’-perspective/