In late August, a visiting educator team made ReSurge’s inaugural visit to Mozambique, as part of a joint trip with partner organization Mending Kids.
Mozambique, in southeastern Africa, has for a decade been one of the fastest-growing countries in Africa, posting average annual growth rates of 6-8%. Despite this growth, it remains extremely poor, with approximately 52% of the population below the poverty line. (Source: CIA World Factbook)
As the economy has developed, the government has put in place strategic priorities for cooperation with the World Health Organization, one of which is “strengthening health systems”, with a particular focus area being [health] workforce education. (Source: World Health Organization) ReSurge’s visiting educator programs are therefore a strong complement to national health policy in Mozambique.
Hospital Central de Maputo, our site in the capital city of Maputo, has just two attending plastic surgeons who oversee a plastic surgery unit of forty-two beds.
ReSurge trainers included nurse educator Katie Osborn, winner of the 2016 Barco's Nightingales Nursing Excellence Award, occupational therapist Pam Silverman, and plastic surgeon Mannish Champaneria. The trip offered training to seven nurses, one physical therapist, two plastic surgeons and one plastic surgery resident.