ESSENTIAL SURGERY TRAINING
To combat Malawi’s
staggering deficit of
surgeons, we train local surgical registrars (residents), interns, and clinical officers at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
teach one. heal many.
If they were more widely available, essential surgical procedures would prevent 1.5 million deaths a year.
Worldwide, five million people died of injuries in 2012. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if people had better access to surgical care.
In developing countries like Malawi, basic surgical procedures save lives and are among the most cost-effective of all health interventions.
In Malawi, there are only 48 surgeons for a population of 19.2 million people.
PFP mobilizes volunteer surgeons who serve as visiting members of the Surgical Department for periods of three months or more to provide hands-on surgical training, didactic teaching, and surgical mentorship.