Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

RCSI Institute of Leadership delivers Train the Trainer training for 83 surgeons in Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania

26 July 2012

Professor Ciaran O'Boyle Director of the Institute of Leadership and Mr. Dermot O'Flynn, Director of Corporate Training delivered a series of 6 "Train the Trainer" courses as part of the RCSI's involvement in the COSECSA project. The training programme was organised by Mr. Eric O' Flynn, RCSI-COSECSA Programme Manager. Participants, leading surgeons in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, completed the Institute's on-line Train the Trainer course and then attended a one day training programme. Courses were held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Nairobi (Kenya), Arusha & Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).


Course participants completing learning review in Addis Ababa 
The RCSI-COSECSA project is funded by Irish Aid to improve the standards of surgical care, training, education and examinations in the region. The COSECSA region encompasses nine countries along the east, central and southern regions of Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The training method at COSECSA is based on the principle of a "college without walls" and the Institute of Leadership's philosophy of blended learning fits readily into this model.

Professor Ciaran O'Boyle & Mr Dermot O'Flynn with course participants in Arusha

The training challenge facing COSECSA can be appreciated when one considers that there are only 1,390 qualified surgeons in the COSECSA region for a population of 273 million people. While England has 35 surgeons per 100,000 population, Kenya has 1.1 per 100,000, Zambia 0.6 per 100,000, Uganda has 0.7 per 100,000, while Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi have less than 0.5 surgeons per 100,000.
Prof O'Boyle and Mr Dermot O'Flynn with course participants in Dar As Salam