Site visit to the Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa: February 9 - 12 2011
Associate Professor Jo Wilmshurst visited the Black Lion Hospital, affiliated to the University of Addis Ababa, to meet with the paediatric departmental staff to discuss training capacity.
The meeting was held with Dr Tefera (paediatric service HOD) and the Head of Department, Prof. Bogale. It consisted of a round table discussion, followed by a tour of the hospital and an off-site meeting later in the week to consolidate points.
Additional interactions were held with the head of the neurology department, members of his staff and a potential trainee (recommended by departments of neurology and paediatrics) at the SONA (Society of Neuroscientists of Africa) conference held in Addis Ababa at the same time.
It is very inspiring to review the history of the RCCH and to reflect about how the pioneers have initiated their training. Both training programs (RCCH & COSECSA) are in Africa but RCCH has trained several Paediatric Surgeons (PS). On the other hand, COSECSA has not yet trained any. In addition, the facts in the two programs are striking different. It is worthy to make a comparison.
Therefore, there are two main objectives to aim: 1) much more awareness about the training of PS and its practice in Sub-Sahara Africa. 2) This should lead to some decision making.