Sustainable Health and Wellbeing: The Tanzania National Mesh Hernia Project

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Wednesday 19 May 2021, 1-2pm

Streamed online only (via MS Teams)

The University's Centre for Global Health is undertaking a Global Challenges Research Fund study that seeks to support sustainable health and wellbeing in Tanzania. This research examines the Tanzania National Mesh Hernia Project which seeks to help repair hernias with mesh and provides the opportunity of revolutionising hernia surgery in Tanzania and beyond.

In this seminar we hear from Visiting Fellow and UK Consultant Surgeon, Mr Mark Szymankiewicz, who has spent several years working in Tanzania with surgical staff testing out the feasibility of expanding the hernia repair service. A global health partnership has formed between a UK charity, Surgical Teams Working in Africa Together for Safer Surgery (SWIFTSS), which has piloted this approach in selected Tanzanian hospitals, and the Tanzanian Surgical Association (TSA).

Dr Rachel Locke talks about the research that has been embarked upon with SWIFTTS and the TSA in the context of supporting surgery and patients in Tanzania. With the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic limiting opportunities for travel, the traditional approach to global health needs to be rethought. Therefore, we are also interested in finding out the way in which this global health partnership now works.

This seminar forms part of the tenth Research Seminar Series, brought to you by the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. This series introduces some of our new Visiting Research Fellows who will present about current health and wellbeing research and other health and wellbeing research-related topics. Participating researchers can explore critical challenges in research and knowledge exchange, share expertise and forge connections that will support the development of future projects across a wide range of themes.

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