Neurosurgery Training Programme – Zambia


Developed in partnership with:
Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, University of Cambridge


The NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma has partnered with the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Lusaka, Zambia and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia to develop a National Neurosurgery Training Programme and provide teaching support on a 6 - 12 monthly basis based on the National Training Programme Curriculum.
To date the population of Zambia was served by a single Neurosurgery Department based at UTH and a further Paediatric Neurosurgery Department based at the Cure Childrens' Hospital in Lusaka. Both hospitals provide a limited service in general and paediatric neurosurgery. There were 3 fully trained Neurosurgeons and no National Training Programme. Doctors and surgeons interested in a career in Neurosurgery were training abroad (currently 1 trainee in Kenya).
Therefore there was a need to develop a National Training Programme in Neurosurgery to facilitate expansion of neurosurgery services.
Together with the Department of Neurosurgery at tUTH, Lusaka, Zambia and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia we have developed National Training Programme and Curriculum in Neurosurger based an the UK curriculum but fulfilling specific requirements set out by the Ministry of Health in Zambia and the University of Zambia.
The Programme is competency based, with a curriculum designed to be delivered over 5 years. It encompasses basic, intermediate and advanced neurosurgery skills and allows for periods of Fellowship abroad with chosen Departments (a Fellowship programme at the Department of Neurosurgery, Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, UK dedicated for Zambian trainees is currently being developed). Furthermore, a series of lecture and seminar based courses is planned to complement the day-to-day curriculum delivery.
This Programme has now been accepted by the Zambia Ministry of Health and incorporated into the newly launched Specialist Training Programme (STP) initiative.
Since the development to the Curriculum and introduction of the STP 6 residents have joined the Department of Neurosurgery at UTH and a 3 day course on basic neurophysiology and principals of neurological disease has been delivered by Karol Budohoski (11 - 14 June 2018).