Entries in this section describe work that is planned in the future, so that interested pediatric surgeons can join trips that are already organized. Entries in this section might also describe work that is needed by pediatric surgeons in low- and middle-income countries, so that potential volunteers can connect with these surgeons to meet their needs.
I'm a general medical practitioner with interest in Paediatric Surgery. I graduated in Sept. 2010 at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College and undertook a one year internship programme at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. As a finalist student, I attend the July 2010 PAPSA Congress meeting in Dar-es-salaam Tanzania where I presented a paper in Blunt Abdominal Trauma which featured in one of the PAPSA journals in 2010.
Currently, my abstract has been accepted for the PAPSA Congress meeting in March 2012 which will take place in Cape Town in March. My supervisors are Miss Kokila Lakhoo, Dr. Kondo Chilonga, and Dr. David Msuya.
Mozambique has a population of 10 million children. There are no formally trained pediatric surgeons in the country, although one adult surgeon has been identified as the “pediatric surgeon designee” for Hospital Central in Maputo. The goal is to initiate a formal on-site training program in pediatric surgery, sending an experienced pediatric surgeon from the U.S. to Maputo every couple of months to train the local surgeon and his colleagues in pediatric surgical principles and procedures. In addition, the local surgeon is committed to training future surgeons in pediatric care, highlighting the priority to maximize the sustainability of the program in Mozambique. Resources and pediatric subspecialists are limited, and few neonatal proceedures are performed. The majority of cases are for anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung’s disease. Experience in urologic procedures is also helpful. Pediatric urologists would also be welcome.