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King's Kongo Central Partnership

Update from the King's Kongo Central Partnership
Mbote. In this King's Kongo Central Partnership update, you can read about:
  • Primary Trauma Care Training in Lukula in January and Muanda in April
  • Safe Surgery Workshops in Boma, Kisantu, Kimpese and Matadi in March 
  • Royal Society of Medicine poster presentation of the Kinkanda trauma registry results
  • Launch of the King’s Global Health Partnerships 10 year strategy and the King’s Health Partners Global Volunteering Scheme 
  • Volunteering opportunities at the King's Kongo Central Partnership in November and February
Primary Trauma Care (PTC) Training Continues to Expand

Emergency trauma care training was delivered to front-line health workers in Lukula, Muanda and Kitona. PTC training in the Kongo Central is run exclusively by Congolese trained instructors. 

The training used the PTC Foundation material that uses context appropriate equipment and facilities, and encourages ingenuity in finding solutions to local problems. 
During the two day course, participants were given the PTC manual as a reference book and are trained through lectures, workshops, clinical skill stations and moulage scenarios.The educational content covers all aspects of the physiological and pathological aspects of the trauma patient, taught in a systematic and interactive way culminating in a practice and examination scenarios. Selected participants attend an additional day instructor day before helping deliver the course to a new cohort.

There are now 240 PTC trained doctors and nurses and 20 PTC instructors in the Kongo Central province!
Safe Surgery Workshops

Surgical care has been an essential component of health care worldwide for over a century. As the incidences of traumatic injuries, cancers and cardiovascular disease continue to rise, the impact of surgical intervention on public health systems will continue to grow. In recognising the imperative need for safer surgical practices KKCP programmatic activity this year aims at promoting World Health Organisation's (WHO) guidelines for Safer Surgery.

An initial training session with key stakeholders from the province was led by UK volunteers in August 2018. This work has continued with a one day training course led by the lead surgeon, lead anaesthetist and senior theatre practioner in each of the main hospitals in the province in Kisantu, Kimpese, Matadi and Boma in March 2019. 

The overall purpose of the workshops was to provide participants with an understanding of the behaviours and practices required to develop and ensure safe surgical practice. The content covered was drawn from the WHO Guidelines for Safe Surgery: Safe Surgery Saves Lives. This document represents the WHO’s 2009 response to the identified global problem of preventable morbidity and mortality associated with surgical interventions. In addition, practical sessions aimed to equip participants with a sound understanding of the minimum acceptable standards for certain essential skills, for instance suturing and handwashing were delivered. 
Safe surgery saves lives: WHO Checklist 

The WHO Safe Surgery Checklist. was developed to decrease errors and adverse events, and increase teamwork and communication in surgery. The 19-item checklist has gone on to show significant reduction in both morbidity and mortality and is now used by a majority of surgical providers around the world.

The principles of the WHO Checklist were introduced as part of the Safe surgery workshops and enthusiastically received. 
Research Poster Presentations

One of our volunteers, Max Denning was at the ASiT conference in Belfast presenting work on the costs of treating open fractures and at the Royal Society of Medicine in London presenting work on the Hopital Provincial de Reference Kinkanda trauma registry. 
King’s Global Health Partnerships 10 year strategy and the King’s Health Partners Global Volunteering Scheme 
Governors’ Hall, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital
Thursday 9th May 2019

The launch celebrated the achievements of our partnerships to date and looked ahead to the next 10 years. Director of the King's Centre for Global Health, Andy Leather offered a captivating account of how each of the partnerships have started, while also announcing the re-establishment of a partnership with Zambia. The new King's Global Health Partnerships Director, Laura Hucks gave an overview of the King's approach to health partnerships and development along with our ethos and values that guide our country activities, all of which are embedded in the 10 year strategy. 

The event also launched the brand new King’s Health Partners Global Volunteering Scheme, which brings opportunities for staff from Guy’s & St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital & South London and the Maudsley NHS organisations as well as King’s College London to get involved in the partnerships. NHS Engagement Lead Laura Semple explored the possible benefits in volunteering both for NHS staff personal and professional development as well as the NHS as a whole, speaking from her own experience in Freetown, Sierra Leone last year. The event signposted the beginning of 'scaling up' for the partnerships in opening new channels of volunteer recruitment as well as improved volunteering journeys that will make engagement with our programmes available to a bigger pool of volunteers, widening our community! To learn more please click here.
Volunteering Opportunities at KKCP
We are recruiting volunteers!

We have trips planned to the DRC for November 2019 and February 2020 and are looking for:
  • Surgeons and emergency medicine doctors 
  • Theatre practitioners and nurses
  • Hospital managers
Specific areas of focus will be tailored to the volunteer’s expertise but will include at least some of the following: 
•    Delivery of safe surgery workshops
•    Review of hospital management processes and strategy development
•    Relationship building with surgical care providers within the province
•    Training in quality improvement methodology and supporting QI initiatives

We will provide: return flights to and from Kinshasa; all in country travel, food and lodging costs; DRC visa; vaccinations & antimalarials; comprehensive insurance.

For more information (including person specification) and to apply: Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and CV (maximum 4 pages) to Katerina_anies.peithi@kcl.ac.uk. Please include the role title in the subject line of the email. Closing date for November 2019 trip applications is 25th August 2019.

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