The Creation of a Sustainable Otolaryngology Department in Malawi.
Ear, nose, & throat journal
There is a significant lack of surgeons in the developing world. Malawi Africa is one of the poorest and medically underserved countries in the World, with surgical care particularly lacking. Providing surgical services has numerous barriers, such as availability of well-trained surgeons, infrastructure, continuity of care, and access to care. There is currently one otolaryngologist in Malawi who provides complete access to this subspecialty. The development of the otolaryngology department was successful through institutional, local, national, and international collaboration, with a long-term goal of sustainability. An established department can train the next generation of surgeons for the preservation and growth of the surgical workforce. Once the department approaches independence, the role of outside collaboration transforms primarily from financial to a bi-directional partnership encompassing education, training, and leadership.
Vandjelovic ND, Sugihara EM, Mulwafu W, Madgy DN. The Creation of a Sustainable Otolaryngology Department in Malawi. Ear Nose Throat J. 2020 Sep;99(8):501-502. doi: 10.1177/0145561319855366. Epub 2019 Jun 6. PMID: 31170820.