African Paediatric Surgery E-learning

Scottish global health charity Kids OR is investing in the first Pan-African collaborative e-learning platform to help train surgeons across Africa, with content provided by two of the continent’s surgical colleges, hosted on an online platform created by the Institute of Global Surgery.

This innovative programme will see the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) work together to provide a new and bespoke teaching resource mapped to the curricula of both training programmes. It will be one of the first online teaching programmes for children’s surgery that focuses on low-resource settings.

Between them, the two colleges cover 32 African countries with a combined population of around 800 million. In funding this project, Kids OR has facilitated a new link between the two colleges who will work together to provide this new resource.  

Once launched, the programme will provide paediatric surgical trainees throughout Africa with a range of learning possibilities to complement the clinical training they receive on the wards and in the operating theatres of their own hospitals. The course content will be delivered via a Moodle-based platform of interactive learning, with one module a week requiring around 2-3 hours of study.

The platform will also support existing surgical and anaesthetic teams who care for children; providing them with a resource to refresh knowledge and revise detailed procedures ahead of operations.

The project is due to be launched in May 2021 at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.