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Publications & Articles

Publications authored by Urolink members

Value of working in the developing world

The Value of Urolink: an OOPE experience. Teichmann D Urology News 2019; 23 (4) 30-31

Urolink supporting the development of urological services in Hawassa, Ethiopia.  Biyani S, Campain N, Moore M, Gobezie A,  Teferi GT, MacDonagh R  BJUI 2019; 123(6): 917-920

Global urology: a survey of members of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. Campain NJ, Venn S, Biyani CS, MacDonagh RP, McGrath JS, on behalf of BAUS Urolink J Clin Urol 2016; 9(6): 409 - 416

Over the horizon - future innovations in global urology. Campain NJ, MacDonagh RP, Mteta KA, McGrath JS; on behalf of BAUS Urolink BJUI 2015; 116(3): 318‐320

Potential downsides of training in the developing world

UROLINK - benefits for trainees from both sides. Gujral S, Nassanga R BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 11-12

Logistics of working in the developing world

UROLINK – a changing face: learning from experience, responding to change and rediscovering our roots. McGrath, JS, MacDonagh, RP BJUI 2010; 105: 157–159

UROLINK: a model for working together in a changing world. Harrison N BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 1-5

Twinning: the future for sustainable collaboration. MacDonagh R, Jiddawi M, Parry V BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 13-17

Ethical issues of the developing world. Harrison NW, Eshleman JL, Ngugi PM  Br J Urol 1995; 76(Suppl.2):  93-6

Teaching and training

A first of many: Zambia represents at EUREP19. Soko G EAU Newspaper 2019

An Evaluation of the Role of Simulation Training for Teaching Surgical Skills in Sub-Saharan Africa. Campain N, Kailavasan M, Chalwe M, Gobeze A, Teferi G, Lane R,  Biyani CS  World J Surgery 2018; 42(4): 923‐929 

Use of a simulated model to teach male adult circumcision in sub-Saharan Africa. Campain NJ, Parnham AS, Spasojevic N, Reeves F, Venn S, Biyani CS World J Surgery 2017; 41(1): 10-13

Current challenges to urological training in sub-Saharan Africa. Campain NJ, MacDonagh RP, Mteta KA, McGrath JS, on behalf of BAUS Urolink BJUI 2015; 116(3): 316‐318

The Lester Eshleman Urology Workshop (Tanzania): a trainee’s perspective. Manjunath A Urology News 2014; 18 (4)

Surgical training in the developing world. McGrath JS, Painter D, Payne SR  BMJ Career Focus, January 2005; 46–8 

Out of Africa. McGrath J Hospital Doctor; July 2004

Trainees' Forum: 2003 Visit to Zambia  Evans CM,  Duffy P, Rees R Urology News 2004; 8(2): 28-30

UROLINK - benefits for trainees from both sides. Gujral S, Nassanga R BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 11-12

Urology in specific geographic locations

The scent of Ethiopia: a personal story part 2. Aslam ZM Urology News 2017; 21 (4) 

The scent of Ethiopia: a personal story part 1. Aslam ZM, Teferi G, Gobeze A, Biyani C S, Watson G Urology News 2016; 20 (4) 

UROLINK in sub-Saharan Africa. Evans C BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 6-10

Lessons from a regional hospital. A personal view of urology at KCMC, Tanzania. Fellows GJ.  Trop Doctor 1995;  25(Suppl.1): 68–72

Specific diseases or conditions of urological interest

Introducing endourology to a developing country: how to make it sustainable. Biyani CS, Bhatt J, Taylor J, Gobeze AA, McGrath J, MacDonagh R J Clin Urol. 2013; 7(3): 202–207


Other relevant publications

Value of working in the developing world

The value of international volunteers experience to the NHS. Zamora, B., Gurupira, M., Rodes Sanchez, M. et al.  Global Health 2019; 15: 31.

Is overseas volunteering beneficial to the NHS? The analysis of volunteers’ responses to a feedback questionnaire following experiences in low-income and middle- income countries. Yeomans D, Le G, Pandit H, et al.  BMJ Open 2017; 7: e017517.

Time to go global: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors. Walpole SC, Shortall C, van Schalkwyk MCI et al. Int Health 2016; 8: 317–323

Improving Health at Home and Abroad: How overseas volunteering from the NHS benefits the UK and the world. All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. 2013 Improving Health at Home and Abroad - Full Report

Global Health Partnerships - The UK contribution to health in developing countries, Crisp N. COI. 2007

International health links: an evaluation of partnerships bwetween health-care organizations in the UK and developing countries. Baguely D, Killeen T, Wright J Tropical Doctor 2006; 36: 149-154

Potential downsides of training in the developing world

The Brain Drain Myth: retention of specialist surgical graduates in East, Central & Southern Africa, 1974-2013. Hutch A, Bekele A, O'Flynn E, Ndonga A, Tierney S, Fualal J, Samkange C, Erzingatsian K. World J Surgery 2017; 41: 3041-53

Global surgery guidelines for surgical volunteerism. How to ensure that your surgical placement overseas provides maximum benefit for you and your hosts. Grimes CE, Lane RHS. Bulletin RCS Eng 2016; 98:4: 172-173 

Logistics of working in the developing world

Working abroad as a doctor BMA

Global Surgery 2030: a roadmap for high income country actors. Ng-Kamstra JS, Greenberg SLM, Abdullah F, et al.  BMJ Glob Health. 2016; 1(1): e000011.

Guidelines for surgeons on establishing projects in low-income countries. Grimes CE, Maraka J, Kingsnorth AN, Darko R, Samkange CA, Lane RH. World J Surg. 2013; 37(6): 1203-1207.

Broadening your horizons: a guide to taking time out to work and train in developing countries BMA International Department 2009

Teaching and training

Taking time out of training  Barber Z, Jones C, Dobbs T. BMJ  2015; 351 :h5460

Teaching the management of surgical emergencies through a short course to surgical residents in East/Central Africa delivers excellent educational outcomes. Dreyer J, Hannay J, Lane R World J Surgery 2014; 38(4): 830-8
(Urolink organised and ran the urology component of this course)

Improving Health at Home and Abroad: How overseas volunteering from the NHS benefits the UK and the world. All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. 2013 Improving Health at Home and Abroad - Full Report

Urology in specific geographic locations

So many, yet few: Human resources for health in India. Rao, KD, Bhatnagar A, Berman P. Hum Resour Health 2012; 10, 19

Urology in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. Managadze L, Chanturaia Z BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 18-21

Specific diseases or conditions of urological interest

Bilharziasis of the genitourinary tract. Ghoneim M BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 22-30

Reconstructive urology in the tropical and developing world: a personal perspective. Naudeâ J
BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 31-36

The role of the urologist in the treatment and elimination of lymphatic filariasis worldwide. DeVries C
BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 37-43

Clinical nephrological problems important to the urologist. Plange-Rhule J, Micah F, Eastwood J
BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 44-49

Providing an obstetric fistula service. Hamlin E, Muleta M, Kennedy R BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 50-53

Free bladder mucosal autograft in the treatment of complicated vesicovaginal fistula. Sharifi-Aghdas F, Ghaderian N, Payvand A BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 54-56

Retrospective review and long-term follow-up of radical cystectomy in a developing country. Gaitonde K, Goyal A, Nagaonkar S, Patil N, Singh D, Srinivas V BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 57-61

The management of stone disease. Rizvi S, Naqvi S, Hussain Z, Hashmi A, Hussain M, Zafar M, Mehdi H, Khalid R
BJUI 2002; 89(Suppl.1): 62-68


Medical equipment donation in low resource settings: a review of the literature and guidelines for surgery & anaesthesia in low-income and middle-income countries. Marks IH, Thomas H, Bakhet M, Fitzgerald E
BMJ Global Health 2019; 4: 4-9

Aids to working outside the UK

The ASOS Surgical Risk Calculator: development and validation of a tool for identifying African surgical patients at risk of severe postoperative complications. Kluyts H.-L, le Manach Y,  Munlemvo DM et al. Br J Anaes 2018: 121 (6): 1357-1363


Podcasts, Conferences & Meetings

Fellowship Training in the UK Podcast - a Malawian Perspective

Click here or on the logo (left) to hear a conversation between Steve Payne (BAUS Urolink secretary) and Charles Mabedi (Consultant urologist in Lilongwe, Malawi) after he spent time training in the UK with Suzie Venn in Worthing. 

This podcast is a great opportunity to learn about the advantages and difficulties encountered by urologists coming from LMICs to the UK for further specialist surgical training.


BAUS President's Podcast August 2020

Click hereor on the logo (left) to listen to Tim O'Brien (President of BAUS) talking to Suzie Venn, Nick Campain and Charles Mabedi about Urolink's activities in sub-Saharan Africa


BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

(Chairs: Miss Suzie Venn & Mr Philip Thomas)

Miss Suzie Venn, St Richard's Hospital, Chichester

Mr Ru MacDonagh, Taunton & Somerset Hospital

OOPE with Urolink
Mr Dominic Teichmann, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Wales

BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting 2018

(Chairs: Mrs Suzie Venn & Mr Paul Anderson)


Urolink Update
Mrs Suzie Venn, St Richard’s Hospital & Mr Paul Anderson, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley

Urological Training in Africa
Dr Charles Mabedi, Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi

Training LMIC Urologists in the UK
Dr Abubacarr Jah, Sharab Medical Centre, Serrekunda, The Gambia


BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

(Chairs: Mrs Suzie Venn & Mr Graham Watson)


Endourology in the developing world: challenges & opportunities
Prof Srinath Chandrasekera, University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Sri Lanka
TURP camps at Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda - better than the day job
Mr Adam Jones, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Global Surgical Frontiers Conference 2017

The theme for 2017 was surgery in children and young people. All surgical specialties deal with children's surgical conditions, and most Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) have a demographic breakdown where nearly half of their population are under 16. The aim of the GSF Conference, held on 21 & 22 April 2017, was three fold:

  1. to inform about global needs in surgery;
  2. to provide information about how UK surgeons can be involved with surgical work, training and research in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs); and
  3. to allow networking for surgeons, trainees and medical students interested in global surgery.

Conference programme  |  Video record of Day 1  |  Video record of Day 2


BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

(Chair: Mr Philip Thomas, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton)


  1. Lancet commission on global surgery
    Mr Philip Thomas, Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton
  2. Observations from Urolink visit to Ethiopia
    Mr Zeeshan Aslam, Morriston Hospital Swansea
  3. Thoughts on KCMC visit
    Mr Chris Parker, Yeovil District Hospital
  4. MSE course - teaching the management of urological emergencies
    Mr Nick Campain, Torbay District Hospital
  5. Urethroplasty workshop, Lusaka
    Mr Paul Anderson, Russells Hall Hospital Birmingham

COSECSA / RCSI Collaboration on the Management of Surgical Emergencies

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) established a Collaboration Programme in 2007. This programme was finally implemented in 2008.

Its aim is to increase the provision of quality, essential surgical and emergency care in the COSECSA region, particularly at district level (i.e. the management of surgical emergencies, MSE).

The programme is supported by Irish Aid (the Government of Ireland's Development Agency) and RCSI which provides for staff and resources including curricula, education tools, skills training, examination, accreditation and quality assurance processes.

Additional information about the  RCSI/COSECSA collaboration programme can be found on their joint Twitter account.

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