Aims & Objectives
COST-Africa will design, implement and evaluate a unique scalable district CO surgical training programme that addresses the scope of the deficit in surgical skills in Malawi and Zambia. Specifically this programme will;
(a.) Map and assess the nature, scale and distribution of current district level surgical services in Malawi and Zambia;
(b.) identify existing capacity and any gaps, including capacity and resource gaps, which need to be addressed to deliver surgery safely and effectively in district hospitals, and
(c.) identify and evaluate the effects of related interventions and policies, leading to 5.
Design and implement ethically reviewed surgical training interventions for MLs/COs in Zambia and Malawi, which include in-service training, supervision and quality control.
Measure the effectiveness and impact of the interventions at the levels of health worker, patient, family, health facility and district population
Establish the cost-effectiveness of the intervention
Support national and regional policy makers in developing career paths and retention strategies aimed at;
(a.) surgically trained ML/CO,
(b.) specialist surgeon-trainers.