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Scaling up Safe Surgery for District and Rural Populations in Africa

Objective

In sub-Saharan Africa 95% of the population has no access to surgical services. In this region surgery – a proven and often life-saving intervention – is only accessible to urban populations, with only one surgeon per 2.5 million people in rural areas. Emerging evidence demonstrates that major surgery can be undertaken safely and effectively at district hospitals, making it accessible to otherwise neglected rural populations.

Objectives: Guided by a health systems-strengthening framework and a comprehensive programme of research, Scaling up Safe Surgery for District and Rural Populations in Africa will scale up the delivery of accessible, elective and emergency surgery at district hospitals to national level programmes in three African countries: Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania.

How objectives will be achieved: SURG-Africa is a tested intervention, drawing lessons from two large-scale successful interventions coordinated by members of this SURG-Africa consortium (one FP7 EC funded) that have trained and supervised non-physician clinicians to deliver essential and emergency surgery in four African countries. Platformed on comprehensive surgical systems analyses, it will put in place national surgical information systems; and will test innovative interventions for making specialist supervision of district surgery feasible and affordable. Epidemiological, economics and implementation research will evaluate impact, and provide evidence for policymakers.

SURG-Africa directly addresses all aspects of Topic SC1-PM-21-2016: Implementation research for scaling- up of evidence based innovations and good practice in Europe and low and middle-income countries. The results will be transferable and scalable national surgical systems models, with implications for national budget factored in, for making safe surgical services accessible, equitable and sustainable in Africa, especially for women in rural areas.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC1-2016-RTD
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Coordinator

ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND
Address
Saint Stephen's Green 123
2 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 572 880

Participants (6)

THE SURGICAL SOCIETY OF ZAMBIA
Zambia
EU contribution
€ 844 276
Address
Nationalist Road Ridgeway University Teaching Hospital Department Of Surgery
10101 Lusaka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI
Malawi
EU contribution
€ 768 184
Address
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- Zomba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 474 998,44
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA HEALTH COMMUNITY
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 1 418 438
Address
Plot 157 Njiro Road
Arusha
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 664 011,25
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 025,31
Address
Geert Grooteplein 10 Zuid
6525 GA Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments