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During short and long-term placements, volunteer doctors and nurses support the delivery of clinical care and provide mentoring on complex trauma cases. Support and advice to partners is also offered remotely.
Dr. Elizabeth Tissingh, the Clinical Lead for King’s Global Health Partnerships in the DRC, worked as a volunteer in the Trauma Department and Orthopaedics at the Hôpital Provincial de Référence de Kinkanda, Matadi for one year (2016-2017). During this time she supported the establishment of a teaching programme for the department; a weekly Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meeting for all complex trauma cases; the development of a clinical protocol for the management of open fractures, improvement in office layout; and installation of hand-washing facilities for the ward.
In 2018, the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme was introduced by KGHP volunteers with a senior stakeholder workshop in Matadi. The multidisciplinary surgical team from the following hospitals took part in a two-day practical workshop:
The training focused on the nine key areas of the WHO Safe Surgery programme, including the introduction of the WHO safe surgery checklist, infection prevention and control (IPC), good team working and quality improvement (QI) methodology. The training was cascaded down to the four sites over the subsequent 12 months culminating in 2-day in depth workshops at the four sites in February 2020. The project implementation group continues to meet regularly.
This work has been funded by the HOPE Foundation and the African Grants Programme (THET and Johnson and Johnson).
Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo, King's Global Health Partnerships
Learn more about our Safe Surgery programme run in partnership with the Kongo Central Ministry of Health, in this article published by THET, Safe surgery saves lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo