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Publications, Presentations and Social Media


The current Urolink newsletter, from October 2020, can be accessed by clicking here.

Social Media

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Publications & Articles

Publications authored by Urolink members

Value of working in the developing world

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

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

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

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

Potential downsides of training in the developing world

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

Logistics of working in the developing world

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

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

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

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

Teaching and training

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

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

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

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

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

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

McGrath J. Out of Africa. Hospital Doctor; July 2004

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

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

Urology in specific geographic locations

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

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

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

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

Specific diseases or conditions of urological interest

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


Podcasts, Conferences & Meetings

The History of Urolink

Click here or on the logo (left) to listen to Neville Harrison, the first chair of Urolink, talking to Steve Payne about how he first came under Africa's spell, his role in the setting up of Urolink in the 1980's, and who helped him achieve the first sustainable link to KCMC in Tanzania. A  fascinating retrospective, as Urolink celebrated it's thirtieth birthday!

Neville also gives insight into how the name Urolink came about: 

" The name Urolink reflects the principals of working together through personal links and with mutual respect - every link in the chain is of equal importance ."

This is as relevant today as it was at the organisation's inception!


Fellowship Training in the UK Podcast - a Malawian Perspective

Click here or on the logo (left) to hear a conversation between Steve Payne 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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