Endourology services and surgical emergencies
To improve quality of urological health care and education with our global partners
To embed principles of patient safety
To embed principles of improvement by establishing audit and data systems
To introduce research concepts and principles
Achieved: Successful implementation of TURPs
Successful workshop on management of surgical emergencies
Key UK Colleagues and Partners
1. University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
2. Hawassa Teaching Hospital, Hawassa, Ethiopia
3. Department of Surgery, Lilongwe / Blantyre, Malawi
Sustainable development goals
- SDG 3 - Good health and well-being
- SDG 4 - Quality education
- SDG 5 - Gender equality
UROLINK has received grants in the past from donor charities such as TUF, BJU International for projects in Zambia and Ethiopia, as well partnerships with ASGBI.
For Malawi, we will apply for funding once we have tailored the needs of the service – we are hoping this will be a multidisciplinary approach
UROLINK was formed 25 years ago and has established strong sustainable links with partners in Africa and other parts of the world. An assessment of needs is undertaken in partnership with host centres
Evidence of need
An assessment of needs is undertaken in partnership with host centres
Education, Service improvement (training surgeons and nurses, care of equipment, workshops etc), Audit and research
Several visits and training workshops have already taken place in Ethiopia and Zambia.
For Malawi, we have invited a Malawian urologist currently in Sussex for fellowship to Glasgow and are hoping to visit the department this year for a needs assessment.
To develop urology services in a country where there is a dire need for this. Currently urology is being done by general surgeons with an interest in urology. We would like to support these individuals and train more. Both bladder and prostate cancer are rampant, as are other urological problems including BPH, strictures and bladder stones.
To forge robust and sustainable links with Malawi as a department and also having a board-wide multidisciplinary approach which could include management as well as several clinical disciplines, starting with urology and nursing
Communication is key. Partnership’s and understanding that this is a two-way street. I have learnt a huge amount of clinical and non-clinical hard and soft skills during my visits.
Internet and technology
Care of equipment – partnering with industrial companies for provision and care of equipment
Keeping up to date
Tailoring to local needs