Combatting the surgical deficit in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Published: 8 Dec 2015
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Dr Miriam Mutebi - Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Mutebi talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about surgical oncology services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

She outlines the practical steps that can be taken, in terms of physical and human resources, to combat the surgical deficit.

Eighty percent of cancer patients are going to require surgical intervention, she says, meaning many more surgeons are required in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Encouraging governments to invest in their health systems is crucial, she says. 

Establishing networks and multidisciplinary medical communities will also be a necessary step.

She notes the importance of surgeons within Africa acting as catalysts for change by undertaking advocacy roles and says that Centres of Excellence must be identified from which surgical expertise can be developed.

Finally, she demonstrates the way these approaches have worked in the breast clinic where she works.