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Collaboration is key to strengthening surgical research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa

Richard Trafford Spence, Eugenio Panieri, Sarah L Rayne, Ewen Munro Harrison, Aneel Amir Bhangu, James Edward Fitzgerald

Abstract


The paucity of research in areas of greatest clinical need must be addressed urgently. We propose a model of collaboration in an era of information systems and emerging mobile health technology that has had significant success across the UK and has shown early encouraging results in South Africa (SA). We foresee that recent examples of surgical research collaboratives in SA will continue to promote regional, national and international ‘hub-and-spoke’ models and ultimately increase the South-South collaboration that is urgently needed to diffuse the skills and knowledge required to address the unmet surgical need in sub-Saharan Africa.

Authors' affiliations

Richard Trafford Spence, Codman Center, Department of General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA; Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Eugenio Panieri, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Sarah L Rayne, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ewen Munro Harrison, Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK

Aneel Amir Bhangu, Academic Department of Surgery, University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK

James Edward Fitzgerald, Department of General Surgery, Royal Free Hospital NHS, Barnet Hospital Campus, London, UK

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Keywords

Global surgery; Health service research; Surgical education

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(2):125-126. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i2.10182

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-10-09
Date published: 2016-01-11

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