Empower Local Medical Workers
Knowledge transfer is accomplished through a process of intense, bedside and surgical mentoring, rendered by a tight knit team of seasoned and highly skilled U.S. board-certified surgical oncologists (gynecologic and breast) and Zambian cervical cancer prevention nurse-specialists. Low-cost medical and telecommunications technologies are engaged to enhance the educational process.
South to South Training
Through south-south collaborations facilitated by the Friends of Africa, cancer prevention nurse-specialists from Zambia train healthcare workers from other African nations to detect and treat cervical cancer precursors using VIA (visual inspection with acetic acid), thermocoagulation and loop electrical excision.
Through intensive hands-on training demonstrations, a team of board-certified U.S. gynecologic oncologists from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, trains local African gynecologists how to surgically treat invasive cervical cancer. This novel form of competency-based surgical training was developed in Zambia and is specifically designed to rapidly build surgical proficiency in resource-constrained settings, based on the principles of “Deliberate Practice”, intense replication, and mental narration of a limited repertoire of surgical procedures.
Training for Early Detection of Breast Cancer
A team of U.S. board-certified breast surgical oncologists from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine train local African general surgeons, nurses and radiologists to evaluate women with breast abnormalities using modern, outpatient ultrasound imaging and biopsy techniques.
Intraoperative Mentoring: Breast Cancer
Using an approach tailored specifically for training surgeons in resource-constrained environments, a team of U.S. board-certified breast surgical oncologists from the University of Arkansas train local African general surgeons to safely and effectively perform surgical procedures required for the modern treatment of breast cancer.