Neurosurgery in East Africa: Innovations

World Neurosurg. 2018 May;113:436-452. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.01.085.


In the last 10 years, considerable work has been done to promote and improve neurosurgical care in East Africa with the development of national training programs, expansion of hospitals and creation of new institutions, and the foundation of epidemiologic and cost-effectiveness research. Many of the results have been accomplished through collaboration with partners from abroad. This article is the third in a series of articles that seek to provide readers with an understanding of the development of neurosurgery in East Africa (Foundations), the challenges that arise in providing neurosurgical care in developing countries (Challenges), and an overview of traditional and novel approaches to overcoming these challenges to improve healthcare in the region (Innovations). In this article, we describe the ongoing programs active in East Africa and their current priorities, and we outline lessons learned and what is required to create self-sustained neurosurgical service.

Keywords: Development; East Africa; Global health; Innovations; Neurosurgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa, Eastern
  • Developing Countries*
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgeons / education
  • Neurosurgeons / organization & administration
  • Neurosurgeons / trends*
  • Neurosurgery / education
  • Neurosurgery / organization & administration
  • Neurosurgery / trends*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / education
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / trends
  • Organizational Innovation*