RCSEd has announced that it will be supporting a Malawian trainee surgeons as part of the Malawian Surgical Initiative.
The initiative is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Surgery, Kamzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, and the Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi.
The goal of the initiative is to train Malawian surgeons in country to encourage them to remain there after they complete their training. In the past, the Malawian government has paid for surgical trainees to train elsewhere, only for them not to return upon completion of their training. So far, the programme has trained 16 surgeons, with eight currently in various stages of the five year programme.
The programme trains three surgeons per year at present, but the newly established partnership will fund the training of an additional resident each year. In Malawi, where there are fewer than 50 surgeons to serve a country with a population of 18 million, this programme will make a great difference, adding a further 15 surgeons to the current quota within the next 20 years.
More information on the programme here.
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