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Training and practice of pediatric surgery in Africa: past, present, and future.
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PMID:  22475115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The evolution and recognition of pediatric surgery as a specialty in Africa can be divided into 4 distinct phases, starting from early 1920s till the present. The pace of development has been quite variable in different parts of Africa. Despite all recent developments, the practice of pediatric surgery in Africa continues to face multiple challenges, including limited facilities, manpower shortages, the large number of sick children, disease patterns specific to the region, late presentation and advanced pathology, lack of pediatric surgeons outside the tertiary hospitals, and inadequate governmental support. Standardization of pediatric surgery training across the continent is advocated. Collaboration with well-established pediatric surgical training centers in Africa and other developed countries is necessary. The problems of delivery of pediatric surgical services need to be addressed urgently, if the African child is to have access to essential pediatric surgical services like his or her counterpart in the high-income parts of the world.
Essam A Elhalaby; Francis A Uba; Eric S Borgstein; Heinz Rode; Alastair J W Millar
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in pediatric surgery     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1532-9453     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Pediatr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9216162     Medline TA:  Semin Pediatr Surg     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta University Hospital, Tanta, Egypt.
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