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2016-04-20 Democratic Republic of Congo:Proposed Orthopedics and Traumatology Project


Proposed Orthopedics and Traumatology Project

Proposed Orthopedics and Traumatology Project in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Description of the project offered: 
Capacity building and strengthening framework of surgeons in Lubumbashi while improving the quality of health care of bones and joints 

Our proposed project is an initiative that aims to create an Orthopedic Education Centre that will provide an opportunity for education, research and manual skills training at the University of Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

The Faculty of Medicine is part of the University of Lubumbashi "UNILU" an institution founded in 1955. Several research centers attached thereto including university clinics in Lubumbashi whose objectives are more focused on research and student training.

Our proposal involves a teaching component and an equipment component. 

The good news is that the number of traumas and orthopedic (T&O) surgeons is rapidly increasing in Africa. However, while most T&O surgeons in English-speaking Africa (ESA) are now trained nationally or regionally, French-speaking Africa (FSA) is lagging behind, with surgeons only trained internationally, if at all.

There is no reason why access to adequate T&O care education should remain difficult and rare for those who need it most. We would appreciate your help in this.
Our needs include the following:
• A Unit of orthopedics and traumatology with a radiology service.
• Orthopedics products: 
a. Orthotics ;
b. Prostheses ;
c. Orthotic insoles;
d. Bandages ;
e. Shoes;
f. Wheelchairs and other facilities helping one to walk or assisting in walking.
As for the training component, the University of Laval agreed to help us with the training and internships. We have the support of the University of the Witwatersrand as well.

This project aims to correct deficiencies in surgery, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the domains of medical care as well as that of translational clinical research, also known as 'transfer ', of health bones and joints’ cases. This deficiency results in a lack of leadership of the Congolese teams in these areas. 
Scientific issues will, therefore, be based on: 
a. a more efficient organization of research activities, promoting interactions between scientists and the emergence of new ideas;
b. better control of records which will promote traceability and reproducibility of research’s results, and facilitate the delivery of training and knowledge;
c. an improvement of the efficiency of the team in its research; 
d. provide reliable guarantees for partners in responding to the best international standards;
e. saving time in scientific exploration by reproducing methods used.
General objective
Advancing the health of bones and joints in the Democratic Republic of Congo, city of Lubumbashi.
Specific objectives
This initiative will seek to:
• Capacity building of surgeons in Lubumbashi while improving the quality of health care of the bones and joints. Assisted by foreign specialists, this program will be eventually able to provide much more complex training abroad. 
We will, therefore:
a) Create a dynamic training very specific for all staff involved in the management of patients;
b) Institutionalize a training time in the form of a workshop involving all services. 
• Train the staff of relay:
a) A training for all nurses in orthopedics and traumatology just for their knowledge;
b) A comprehensive training;
c) A targeted training in orthopedics and trauma.
NB. It is essential that nurses be able to transmit information to the patients.
• Collect accurate data on the frequency, the predisposing factors, the geographical distribution and the evolution in time of the different types of health of bones and joints;
• Support patients (Administer specialized care: medical treatment, surgical);
• Reduce the rate of cases due to the health of bones and joints;
• Facilitate the financial access to care to all patients; this will help reduce transfers abroad where the care is very expensive.
Project proposer:   Yves NKULU-ILY Shabo ()
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Consultancy
Call for proposal title:  CALL: Science with and for Society 
Call for proposal identifier:  H2020-SwafS-2016-17

Description of the collaboration sought: 
We need collaboration with both the teaching/internship component and the equipment one. 
Expertise sought: Scientific research, Coordination. Cooperation, Innovation. Technology transfer, Regional development, Education. Training, Social aspects, Medical biotechnology, Biotechnology, Medicine. Health, Industrial biotech, Materials technology, 
Roles sought: Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: 
Countries sought: United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, 

Call for proposal specific information
The referenced call for proposals has no specific fields defined.