The African Paediatric Fellowship Programme has already trained more than 30 African doctors in highly specialised paediatric skills who then return home to improve training and child health delivery in their own countries, using the skills, techniques and expertise the doctors have provided them with.
The programme part-trains these paediatricians in various fields and through an on-going partnership between the various African Countries and the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will continue to do so. Resulting from this programme, the first paediatric renal transplant performed in Kenya was done by a paediatric surgeon who did his speciality training at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
As the programme continues to draw African paediatric doctors motivated to build capacity in child health services, the future for children in Africa is finally looking brighter.
One such doctor training at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is Gbemisola, who comes from Nigeria. She is specialising in Developmental Paediatrics and will be training at the Hospital for 18 months. When it’s time to return to her home country in August, she is planning to set up her own developmental centre as well as train apprentices in the field of Paediatrics.
As a Developmental Paediatrician, her main focus includes physiotherapy, physical and mental illness, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Interactive Disorders and Speech Therapy. The training she receives mimics the comprehensive approach the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital takes when providing developmental care for the children. The patients are treated through a holistic approach and the community the Hospital creates facilitates the child being able to receive various treatments and procedures all in one day, without having to come back to the hospital for several, specialised visits.
In the year that Gbemisola has been training here, she has treated over 200 patients and learnt valuable information and processes that she can now perform on the hundreds of children in her country that require specialised, expert care.
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