In Liberia, CapaCare is supporting the postgraduate program for resident doctors, who are in training to become Surgeons or Obstetricians/Gynecologists (OB/GYN). We are providing skills-based courses, and are involved in a rural rotation, whereby the residents spend 3 months in our rural partner hospital in central Liberia, Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital (JFD) in Tappita. JFD is a regional referral hospital, which provides health care to a large region in Liberia, as well as some of the rural population of neighboring Guinea and Ivory Coast.
CapaCare staff moved to Tappita in April, where a pilot phase of two short-term rotations of residents in Surgery in May and June led to the official start of the rural rotations. This October, JFD and CapaCare welcomed two residents in OB/GYN and two residents in Surgery for their rural training.
In addition, the first skills-based training courses were organized in September and October, covering Emergency Obstetrics and Basic Surgical Skills. Training took place at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia and JFD Hospital. The training courses are carried out in close collaboration between CapaCare and Liberian consultants.
Basic surgical skills training for first year Residents in OB/GYN and Surgery at JFK Medical Center.: In the
middle, Dr. Charlie Kimpesa, junior Surgeon at JFK is joining the team
We are looking forward to develop the program further together with our partner organizations in Liberia and the West-African region. Some of the next steps will be to expand the training courses, for example through the implementation of a practical research training for the residents in Liberia.