Project To Improve Treatment of Neurovascular Pathologies in Sub-Saharan Africa: Congo Phase

General topic: Project To Improve Treatment of Neurovascular Pathologies in Sub-Saharan Africa: Congo Phase at the Department of Neurosurgery of the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Aim of project:
This project aims to improve the care of patients with vascular neurosurgical pathologies in Democratic Republic of Congo. The main goal is to improve the ability of physicians in underserved regions to diagnose & treat patients suffering from neurovascular diseases. We aim to accomplish this with a collaborative center-to-center program between an advanced vascular neurosurgical center led by Prof. Dr. Athanasios Petridis (Prof. of Neurosurgery at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany) and a center in an underserved region led by Prof. Glenine Ntsambi (Department of Neurosurgery of Kinshasa University, Congo) that wants to improve knowledge & management of neurovascular pathologies.

Tools for teaching:
This will be done over a period of 2 years through:
  1) monthly neurosurgical hybrid webinars (with in-person & remote online attendees) on various topics related to the field;
  2) monthly one-hour tele-educational clinical grand rounds;
  3) in-person visits of some mentors to the mentee site, organization of a vascular neurosurgical educational symposium with teaching cases on-site in the operating room.

Project status: Preparation phase
Start date: April 2024

Proposed end date: March 2026

First on-site visit: From July 29-31, 2024
Language(s): English/French
Location: Department of Neurosurgery of Kinshasa University, Congo; Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Coordination: Francis Fezeu, President of Brain Global
Contact person: Francis Fezeu, President of Brain Global
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Patient age: All ages
Project type(s): Clinical, Global Health, Capacity Building, Healthcare Professional Education
Funding source(s): Private Foundations, Nonprofit Organizations, Personal, Professional Societies
Project need(s):
  1) Volunteers (clinical assistance and training in vascular neurosurgery, physicians/neurosurgeons/didactic lecturers);
  2) Equipment (contemporary vascular neurosurgical imaging, operating room equipment, microsurgical instruments, disposables, drills);
  3) Funding;
  4) Assistance with creating a full research partnership with joint research projects and academic exchange

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