Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Surgeons from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre returned to Ethiopia, earlier this month, continuing the surgical training partnership that has grown over the past three years.

Thirty-four orthopaedic residents came to the Black Lion Hospital and CURE Ethiopia Children's Hospital in Addis Ababa for a four-day children's orthopaedic surgery course. The course was taught by local faculty supported by a visiting team of orthopaedic surgeons from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Bristol Royal Children's Hospital, Sheffield Children's Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Mr Tim Theologis, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, said: 'Both the trainees and faculty enjoyed the training week immensely, particularly the opportunity to discuss challenging cases with experienced colleagues from around the world, and to pass on practical skills, tips and tricks through the hands-on workshops.'

COOL-Cure-Black-Lion

The course covered commonly seen children's musculoskeletal conditions such as clubfoot, neglected trauma, cerebral palsy, and hip dysplasia through interactive lectures and clinical case reviews. The workshops included gait analysis, deformity correction, demonstration of surgical approaches, examination of patients and Ponseti casting of clubfeet.

The course was very well received by the trainees and stimulated a great amount of interest in children's orthopaedics. Many of the orthopaedic residents training at the Black Lion Hospital will return to hospitals across the country after their surgical training to continue their practice. There are approximately 70 orthopaedic surgeons for a population of about 96 million people, and the provision of healthcare for children's disability is very limited in Ethiopia, particularly in rural and remote areas.

COOL-Cure-Black-Lion-2Over the past three years, eleven surgeons from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre have volunteered as instructors for four surgical training courses in Addis Ababa, training around 120 orthopaedic residents from Ethiopia and neighbouring countries in children's orthopaedics, tumour and flaps, and hip and knee arthroplasty. The courses have been part of the COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link programme, linking NDORMS at the University of Oxford with the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

The programme is funded by the UK Department for International Development (Health Partnership Scheme) and directed by Professor Chris Lavy and Professor Hemant Pandit.

 

All Pictures: Copyright Dr. A. Howard

Similar stories

Professor Dani Prieto-Alhambra elected to ISPE Board of Directors

Dani Prieto-Alhambra, Professor of Pharmaco- and Device Epidemiology at NDORMS, has been elected as the Academic representative for Europe and Africa on the International Society of Pharmaco-Epidemiology Board of Directors.

New research from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology identifies a role for CD200 in limiting atherosclerosis

A new study published in Circulation Research shows that CD200, an inhibitory immune checkpoint, reduces the development of atherosclerosis.

EPSRC funds research to avert an antibiotics apocalypse

Researchers at the Kennedy Institute join a collaboration to find new ‘drug-free’ ways of treating illnesses where current treatments have become ineffective due to antibiotic resistance.

Research finds that surgery for Dupuytren’s disease is effective, but repeat operations come with higher risks

Research by NDORMS Dominic Furniss, Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, finds that surgery for the common hand disorder Dupuytren’s disease is safe and effective. However, repeat surgery could carry higher risks of complications such as finger amputation.

Celebrating World Clubfoot Day

More than 30,000 children in Africa are born with clubfoot each year. With treatment simply not available where they live, many thousands of these children get no treatment and end up with severe deformities that make it hard and very painful to walk.

Repurposed drug can induce remission of inflammatory arthritis

Researchers at the Kennedy Institute demonstrate that the drug decitabine can boost regulatory T cell responses.