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Six African hospital teams from Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Malawi were recently invited to Vellore in India to train up as trainers for the Oxford-Vellore Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) Project, which is to be implemented in Africa.

Left photo: surgery training session. Right photo: anaesthetic training session.

Launched in 2017 by Professor Kokila Lakhoo (President of GICS), Professor Vrisha Madhuri (Professor of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Christian Medical College) and Mr Richard Stewart (President of British Association of Paediatric Surgeons), the Oxford-Vellore GICS Project provides training sessions for district hospital teams in basic skills for children’s surgery. The adult teams are made up of a general surgeon, orthopaedic surgeon, anaesthetist, ward, and theatre nurse. The project was designed with guidance from the district hospital teams as to the needs of children’s surgical care at district hospital level, and three pilot studies were conducted from 2017 to 2019.

The next step is for this programme to be rolled out in Africa and the plans are for the first such programme to start in Tanzania in the latter half of this year.

Global Surgery Stories

The ethical impacts of international medical electives on local students and patient care

Magdalena Chmura, a former Student Rep of OUGSG and current Foundation Year doctor shares a paper recently published with Dr Shobhana Nagraj.

Supporting exams and training in Ethiopia

Professor Kokila Lakhoo was recently invited to the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) as an external examiner for the Paediatric Surgery Fellowship Exams. In addition to the exams contribution, Professor Lakhoo and colleagues ran the BAPS HG neonatal skills course and a research seminar for beginners and advance participants. Read the full report below.

Our contribution to the Francophone Africa meeting in Cameroon

Professor Kokila Lakhoo reports on the Francophone Africa meeting in Cameroon from 25 to 30 November 2023, which was represented by 10 central African countries. As well as giving a keynote speech and various talks, Professor Lakhoo and colleagues ran the BAPS HG neonatal skills course, Oxford Global Surgery research seminar and a BAPS-Oxford laparoscopic course.

Children’s Surgical Course for regional hospitals in Tanzania

Professor Kokila Lakhoo reports on her latest visit to Tanzania, the first country in Africa chosen by Oxford University Global Surgery Group to host its new Children's Surgical Course.

Women as a driver to address gaps in the global surgical workforce

Isabella Busa, a medical student at the University of Oxford, shares her recently published article written with Dr Shobhana Nagraj as part of the Global Surgery Special Study Theme.

OUGSG members run OX5 for Oxford Children's Hospital

Two of our Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) members, Professor Chris Lavy and Dr Shobhana Nagraj, completed the OX5 Run on Sunday 20 March 2022 for the Children’s Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.