Each year, AMREF surgeons train over 1,000 doctors in more than 100 remote hospitals in seven African countries. This training program has been running without interruption since AMREF was founded in 1957.
Every week, AMREF flies specialist and reconstructive surgeons to several remote and hard-to-reach hospitals in Eastern Africa. While handling surgical cases that local doctors are unable to perform, the main purpose of this outreach program is to train and strengthen the skills of local doctors and medical staff.
On each 3-5 day visit, AMREF surgeons perform a wide variety of operations, including skin grafts and cleft palate surgery, and train the local doctors as they work. In addition, they carry out classroom training sessions on subjects chosen by the local doctors.
All training is relevant and specific to the needs of each hospital. Doctors are trained to perform surgery using equipment available locally, and instructed on how to make the best use of existing resources.
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