Kamazu Central Hospital, Malawi - June Update

Visit by Dr Mark Hendrickse(MH) Consultant Gastroenterologist, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Previous visits by BSG member Dr Mark Hendrickse (MH) and other colleagues had established an endoscopy training Programme at Kamuzu central Hospital (see previous report on visit in Feb 2013 below). Basic skills and enhanced refresher courses have been run with MH as a visiting trainer. Gift Mulima was also formally assessed as being fully independent in diagnostic gastroscopy with experience in dilatation, stenting and variceal ligation. He has recently completed a formal Training the gastroscopy trainer course in Blantyre as well as an ex vivo therapy course. It was recognised that in order for the endoscopy service to expand, there is a requirement to develop further trainees to become independent endoscopists and potential trainers. Further trainees also required a basic skills course.