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to prevent needless death in Africa

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Workshop

Africa Partners Medical launched a gastrointestinal endoscopy workshop at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana in 2008 which has since been held yearly. The workshop, which is co-sponsored by the World Gastroenterology Organization, is designed to improve the skills of gastroenterologists and surgeons. Participants hone their diagnostic techniques, and learn to treat problems such as gastrointestinal hemorrhage, polyps, and strictures. 6 to 12 participants from various West African countries have participated each year, returning better equipped to their local communities.

The course faculty includes volunteers from America and Europe. Ghanaian faculty, some of whom attended the first workshop as learners, now play an increasingly important role in teaching. By developing skills, interest, and facilities for gastrointestinal endoscopy, the workshop has contributed to a long-term goal of beginning subspecialty digestive disease training and certification in Ghana.

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--Bart Clarke, M.D.


Olmsted Outreach/Africa Partners Medical
Attention: Tricia Noreen, Administrator
P. O. Box 7484
Rochester, MN 55903