The Ameca Trust
Surgical Training Fund
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AMECA supports surgical training at district hospitals in Malawi through Links in Africa for Surgical Training (LAST). Led by AMECA’s Clinical Director, consultant surgeon Paul Thomas, LAST is committed to providing surgical training to improve sustainable surgical healthcare in Africa.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION FACTS:
- 11% of the global burden of disease can be treated with surgery.
- 2 billion people have no access to basic surgical care.
- Out of 234million surgical procedures done worldwide only 3.5% of the worlds poorest people have access to surgical care.
Donations will enable LAST in its efforts to deliver sustainable, cost effective and enduring surgical education for clinical officer training in District Hospitals. This initiative is in response to an invitation from the Malawi College of Medicine to assist with ongoing surgical training for accessible essential and emergency care.
Malawi currently has only 15 surgeons for approximately 15 million people. Surgery is primarily provided by clinical officers in the absence of Surgeons.
LAST is committed to provide training and support to improve sustainable surgical healthcare in Africa.
To send surgical teams to support and mentor clinical officer trainees in essential and emergency surgical care in district general hospitals.
To collaborate with academic and clinical schools in Africa to enable structured support in delivering the curriculum.To work in global partnership in audit, research and clinical governance activities
Surgeons are self-funding, resulting in a high impact, low cost training initiative; hospital staffing levels are maintained as staff are trained within their own district hospitals. With the proviso of adequate hospital management co-ordination and liaison, elective patients can be scheduled during a training week, giving a benefit to both patient outcomes and staff skills acquisition.
Teams of UK surgeons visit Malawi twice a year, providing surgical training to clinical officers in the district hospitals of Mwanza, Nsanje, Mangochi and Mulanje in southern Malawi, in addition to bringing out a considerable volume of donated medical equipment to the hospitals.