Takeoff of African Neurosurgery and the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies Rabat Training Center Alumni

World Neurosurg. 2019 Jun:126:576-580. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.03.141. Epub 2019 Mar 22.


The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Rabat Training Center was established in 2002 following the efforts of Dr. Abdeslam El Khamlichi. This institution has paved the way to guide tremendous change and to improve neurosurgery training in Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The center has enabled so far the training of more than 58 neurosurgical candidates, from approximately 18 countries in SSA, including 30 neurosurgeons who are already back in their respective countries, establishing and improving neurosurgical care. It is clear that this is the first successful example of the WFNS in increasing the neurosurgical workforce in SSA by well-trained and competent neurosurgeons. Consequently, this experience is worth depicting. We reviewed the profile of the neurosurgeons trained in this center and shortly summarized their reestablishment in their respective countries and their challenges to provide neurosurgical care in such source-limited countries.

Keywords: African neurosurgery; Neurosurgical education; Rabat Training Center.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Foundations / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Male
  • Morocco
  • Neurosurgeons / education*
  • Neurosurgeons / statistics & numerical data
  • Neurosurgeons / supply & distribution
  • Neurosurgery / education*
  • Neurosurgery / organization & administration
  • Neurosurgery / statistics & numerical data
  • Physicians, Women / statistics & numerical data
  • Societies, Medical*