Building neurosurgical capacity in low and middle income countries.

Published online

Journal Article

Neurosurgery capacity in low- and middle-income countries is far from adequate; yet burden of neurological diseases, especially neuro-trauma, is projected to increase exponentially. Previous efforts to build neurosurgical capacity have typically been individual projects and short-term missions. Recognizing the dual needs of addressing disease burden and building sustainable, long-term neurosurgical care capacity, we describe in this paper an ongoing collaboration between the Mulago Hospital Department of Neurosurgery (Kampala, Uganda) and Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC, USA) as a replicable model to meet the dual needs. The collaboration employs a threefold approach to building capacity: technology, twinning, and training performed together in a top-down approach. Also described are lessons learned to date by Duke Global Neurosurgery and Neurosciences (DGNN) and applicability beyond Kampala.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fuller, A; Tran, T; Muhumuza, M; Haglund, MM

Published Date

  • June 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 /

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 6

PubMed ID

  • 29430527

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29430527

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2405-6502

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ensci.2015.10.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands