THET is pleased to announce the three successful health partnership projects who have received funding under the second round of the Strengthening Surgical Capacity (SSC) grants scheme, funded by Johnson & Johnson. Winners will put these funds towards building the capacity of surgery or anaesthesia services in sub-Saharan Africa.

Strengthening Surgical Capacity (SSC) Grants Scheme

Nurse Anaesthetists during the delivery of the SAFE Obstetric Anaesthetic Course (AAGBI©) to the upper regions of Ghana

To date, the SSC fund has awarded eight grants (from £6,300 - £9,000 ) to health partnership projects focused on reducing morbidity and mortality from conditions requiring surgical intervention and has trained 41 nurses, anaesthetic clinical officers, and nurse anaesthetists

Round Two Grant Winners

Read about the impact of training in Ghana by Dr. Malvena Stuart Taylor, Consultant Anaesthetist, UK

The GAS Partnership, a link between a government agency, an NGO and an NHS foundation trust working to improve healthcare provision in the Upper East Region (UER) of Ghana.  Led by local health workers, the multi-disciplinary partnership is a tri-partite structure between Ghana Health Services Upper East Region, Afrikids and the University of Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.  This 8 month SSC  project aims to build capacity and team working through combined education and training of Nurse Anaesthetists (NAs), Surgeons and Theatre Nurses (TN’s). It will involve a 2 day programme including triage, emergency airway management, the WHO safe surgery checklist and post-operative monitoring and management. This will be followed by a 1 day course specific to the surgical clinicians, NAs and TNs, and a further 1 day training of trainers course for a select few candidates.

Great Ormond Street Hospital -Malawi paediatric surgery collaboration aims to reduce mortality after paediatric surgery through improved perioperative care (this includes ward admission, anaesthetic care, surgery, and recovery), to improve assessment and monitoring of children on the surgical wards, and to strengthen high dependency care. This 12 month project will facilitate a number of visits by UK healthcare workers from Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital Blantyre to observe practice and to develop and deliver training in care for all the stages of surgery for sick children.

North Bristol Trust Mpilo Central Hospital - Buluwayo, Zimbabwe partnership project aims to improving maternal outcomes through the introduction of a Maternal Obstetric Early Warning System to improve patient assessment and appropriate transfer to theatre at a tertiary referral maternity unit in Zimbabwe