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Visits within the last 4 years

Secondment from Hawassa to KCMC - October 2020 - September 2021                               Tilaneh Leyeh finished his year, on secondment from HUCSH in Ethiopia to KCMC, generously funded by an anonymous donor from the South-West of England. His report gives great insight into the experience this has given him, the skills he can take back to Hawassa and how this may help the development of the Urology department there.

Hawassa University Comprehensive Specialised Hospital, Ethiopia - March 2020
Steve Payne, Paul Anderson, David Dickerson & Adi Manjunath visited Hawassa to carry out further instruction in complex urethroplasty; they found new personnel but still some issues with equipment & infrastructure.

BKL Walawalkar Hospital, Dervan, Maharashtra, India - January 2020                                    Madhavi Natarajan, an ST5 from the South London Deanery, visitied BKL Walawalkar Hospital, a charity hospital in Dervan, Maharashtra, with the Shree Vitthalrao Joshi Charities Trust (SVJCT). She worked at the hospital for a week and did some teaching with the associated university students at BKL Walawalkar Medical College. 

COSECSA Examinations, Kampala, Uganda - December 2019
Steve Payne and Suzie Venn travelled on from the 13th Lester Eschleman workshop at KCMC in Moshi, Tanzania (see item below)  to examine in the COSESCA Membership and Urology Fellowship exam with Mary Brown and Charles Mabedi.
13th Lester Eschleman Workshop, KCMC, Tanzania - November 2019
David Dickerson, Rob Haines, Struan Gray, Steve Payne, Ram Subramaniam, Phil Thomas, Mike Wanis, Suzie Venn & husband Richard visited KCMC for the 13th Jacob Lester Eschelman workshop. A separate trainees' report (from Struan Gray and Mike Wanis) is available by clicking here
Lusaka, Zambia - June 2019
Paul Anderson, David Hernandez & Matthew Hong visited Lusaka to support the local Consultants in consolidating basic urethroplasty skills, and to encourage more complex work involving the posterior urethra. Teaching on a variety of topics was also organised to include clinical case presentations by Zambian trainees followed by a short lecture.
Kigali, Rwanda - 5 to 7 December 2018
Suzie Venn and Charles Mabedi (a UK Fellowship trainee) attended the COSECA Annual Meeting in Rwanda and helped out with the Membership and Fellowship examinations of COSECSA. 
Hawassa, Ethiopia - 24 to 27 November 2018
Paul Anderson, Shekhar Biyani, David Dickerson, Steve Payne & Ram Subramaniam visited Hawassa to carry out urethroplasty and some paediatric urology.
KCMC, Tanzania - 7 to 11 May 2018
"PCNL in Tanzania - a unique experience". Aasem Chaudry & Dominic Teichmann trained Consultants and junior staff in rigid ureteroscopy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy.
Lusaka, Zambia - March 2018
Jon Cartledge & Jeremiah Mudonhi (Senior ODP) returned to Lusaka to focus TURP training on a key individual in the University Teaching Hospital team, and to review/reinforce nursing support in the urology Theatres.

Visits between 4 and 10 years ago

Kisiizi, Uganda - 9 to 12 December 2017
Rebecca Hillier & Adam Jones visited Kisiizi to perform TURPs, bilateral subcapsular orchidectomies and some open prostatectomies. They found some equipment & supply problems (particularly with irrigating fluids), they operated on 35 patients and still had time to visit the mountain gorillas of Bwindi.

Mozambique - 3 to 5 December 2017
Philip Thomas and Suzie Venn visited Mozambique for the COSECSA Examinations and to attend the COSECSA Annual Meeting, where several possible developments for Urolink were aired.
Lusaka, Zambia - 14 August to 5 September 2017
Dominic Teichmann visited the University Teaching Hospital where he found no permit had been arranged for him to work clinically, and poor organisation/communication within the urology firms. His visit was, as a result, restricted to examining logistics and resulted in many suggestions for improvement, based on his interactions with one committed, open-minded Consultant.
Dakar, Senegal - 13 to 17 March 2017
Zeeshan Aslam visited the Hôpital General de Grand Yoff for the first laparoscopic workshop. With two other surgeons, they carried out laparoscopic varicocele repair, radical nephrectomy, simple nephrectomy, pyeloplasty & de-roofing of a renal cyst.
Hawassa University Comprehensive Specialised Hospital , Ethiopia - Dec 2016
Shekhar Biyani visited HUCSH with Suzie Venn, Paul Anderson, David Dickerson & Steve Payne to understand urethral stricture patterns and management in Hawassa, to assess infrastructure to support satisfactory management of urethral stricture and to assess progress on TURP.

Lusaka, Zambia - April 2016
Paul Anderson, David Dickerson and Suzie Venn visited Lusaka, Zambia for a urethroplasty workshop to develop the skills of local surgeons in a procedure rarely performed in Zambia.

Lusaka, Zambia - 27 Feb to 5 Mar 2016
Shekhar Biyani, Jon Cartledge (a late replacement for Jaimin Bhatt) & Nick Campain visited the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka to support the first Zambian TURP Masterclass.

11th Lester Eschleman Urology Workshop, KCMC, Tanzania - 23 to 27 Nov 2015
James Gellister (with Suzie Venn & Phil Thomas) reports on the biennial workshop. This year, the workshop was also visited by John Reynard and his support staff for a focus on spinal injury & rehabilitation.

Hawassa, Ethiopia - 1 to 12 March 2015
Shekhar Biyani (together with Thomas Smith & Graham Watson) visited the College of Medicine and Health Sciences School in Hawassa, Ethiopia to find impressive skills development since his last visit.
Nairobi, Kenya - 22 to 27 February 2015
Shekhar Biyani visited The Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre in Kenya, for the urology module of a multi-level teaching course, "Management of Surgical Emergencies".
Nairobi, Kenya - 12 to 17 October 2014
Nick Campain & Shekhar Biyani visited The Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre in Kenya, for the urology module of a multi-level teaching course, "Management of Surgical Emergencies".

Dakar, Senegal - August 2014
Graham Watson visited Dakar in Senegal, with Alexandra Zachou, where he initiated the process of PCNL and generously donated equipment on loan for the urologists to continue with this procedure.

Banjul, The Gambia - August 2014
After leaving Dakar (see above), Graham Watson then travelled on to Banjul where he identified and resolved issues with equipment which could be used for urology but had not been made available to the regular staff.

Kisiizi, Uganda - 2 to 6 June 2014
Adam Jones visited Kisiizi Hospital for the fifth time in his career and managed to get hold of some endoscopic equipment by a variety of means. He has promised that he will return in 2015, this time with his family.

Lusaka, Zambia - 19 to 25 October 2013
Shekhar Biyani oversees multi-level training for healthcare workers in surgical & theatre nursing skills to achieve better outcomes following emergency surgery.

Hawassa, Ethiopia - 12 to 17 October 2013
Shekhar Biyani, accompanied by Chandrasekharan Badrakumar, visits Hawassa to teach basic endoscopic surgery including cystoscopy, urethrotomy & TURP.

10th Lester Eschleman Urology Workshop, KCMC, Tanzania - 18 to 22 Nov 2013
Aditya Manjunath, ST5 in the South West Deanery, reports on the biennial week-long workshop. This year, the workshop focused on spinal injuries and reconstructive urology, the latter being Mr Manjunath's specific interest area.

Moshi/Dakar - September 2013
Alexandra Zachou attended the Lester Eshelman Reconstructive Workshop in Moshi, Tanzania under a Urolink-BAUS Scholarship and then visited Hoggy Hospital in Dakar, Senegal.

Nairobi, Kenya - May 2013
Shekhar Biyani, accompanied by Baskhar Somani, visits Nairobi to teach on the management of surgical (including urological) emergencies. The text includes feedback from the attendees.

Iraqi Kurdistan - 4 to 19 September 2012
Christine Evans visits Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, to meet up with an UK trainee and a local Consultant, previously a trainee during Christine's earlier visits.

Hawassa, Ethiopia - 17 to 25 March 2012
Shekhar Biyani pays a return visit to The College of Medicine and Health Sciences School of Medicine, Hawassa, Ethiopia. Dr Catherine Royce from Arba Minch also visited Hawassa.


Visits more than 10 years ago

Zimbabwe & Zambia - November 2011
Christine Evans reports from Zimbabwe & Zambia with her daughter, Ruth. In Zimbabwe, Christine supervised MMed surgical trainees and, in Zambia, examined for F Urol as well as receiving an Honorary Fellowship of her own.

9th Lester Eschleman Urology Workshop, KCMC, Tanzania - 20 to 25 November 2011
Suzie Venn & Phil Thomas report on the biennial, week-long workshop. This year, the workshop focused on spinal injuries and the visiting faculty included a team from Stoke Mandeville.

Workshop, in association with ASGBI, Lusaka, Zambia - 19 to 21 October 2011 
Shekhar Biyani and Jaimin Bhatt join a team from ASGBI delivering a new five day course for surgical residents on the management of surgical emergencies.

KCMC Hospital, Tanzania - August to September 2011
Oliver Kayes, a year 6 SpR, reports on his 6-week visit. Oliver has also provided a supplementary report - A Urologist Abroad - Messages from Moshi contains a lot of information about KCMC. There is also a list of useful advice and tips for planning trips, a photographic record and Oliver Kayes's personal diary.

The Gambia - April 2011
Hussain Alnajjar reports on his 1-week visit to the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital, Banjul, Gambia with James N'Dow and George Fowlis.

Hawassa, Ethiopia - March 2011
Shekhar Biyani, Jaimin Bhatt, Joby Taylor and Sister Denise Ellis visit The College of Medicine and Health Sciences School of Medicine to assist the local surgeons in developing skills in basic endourological procedures and to run a two-day workshop on Basic Endourology Skills.

Nigeria and Cameroon - February 2011
Sam Osaghe, from Pilgrim Hospital, Boston visited The University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State, Nigeria; The University College Hospital, Oyo State, Nigeria; and Our Lady of Love Catholic Hospital, Cameroon.

Hawassa, Ethiopia - March 2010
Shekhar Biyani, from Pinderfields Hospital Wakefield, describes his visit to a 200-bed hospital in Ethiopia which serves a population of 17 million people.

Lusaka, Zambia & Monze, Kenya - November 2008
 Jaimin Bhatt & Christine Evans visited the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka & Monze Mission Hospital in Monze, Kenya. Christine continued to Mozambique and her reflections on the whole trip can be found here.

Zanzibar - Sep 2006
Ru MacDonagh visited Zanzibar to prepare for the construction of a small hospital & dispensary on the island as part of the HIPZ programme. He met members of the government and local residents, as welll as unexpectedly acquiring a highly-qualified architect to aid in the construction.

KCMC, Tanzania - July 2006
Neil Harris, Urology Trainee in the South West Region spent the month of July 2006 working at Kilamanjaro Christian Medical Centre. He assisted at routine surgery, participated in the teaching programme & gained useful experience in open urological surgery.

KCMC, Tanzania - May/June 2006
 Katherine Kennedy visited KCMC to teach, consolidate her overseas urological experience and set up a computerised database of adverse surgical events.

San Fernando, Trinidad - April 2006
Mike Kellett, Consultant Uroradiologist in London, visited Trinidad to pass on his vast experience of gaining percutaneous access to the kidney for endoscopic stone surgery.

Lusaka, Zambia & Harare, Zimbabwe - Nov/Dec 2005
Christine Evans travelled to Lusaka, Zambia and then on to Harare, Zimbabwe to lecture, examine in urology and and to perform some complex operative surgery.

Muhimbili, Tanzania - Nov 2005
Christine Evans visited Muhimbili National Hospital to help in the COSECSA MCS and FCS examinations. She found problems with some of the approaches to running the examinations, and made recommendations to improve the process.

Freetown, Sierra Leone - Nov 2005
Steve Garnett visited the Aberdeen Clinic & Fistula Cantre in Freetown to learn more about vesicovaginal fistula, a common condition in Africa with immense social repercussions, but rarely seen in the UK.

Iraqi Kurdistan - Sep/Oct 2005
Christine Evans visited Duhok, Sulaiman & Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan and overcame signiicant travel problems to perform complex reconstructive surgery in all three units. This was Christine's final overseas trip.

Tanzania - Jun/Jul 2005
Ater an earlier sabbatic al in Tanzania, John McGrath visited Selian Lutheran Hospital (to establish a new link with the urology unit), Shighatini Lutheran Dispensary (to oiversee the building o a new operating theatre) and KCMC (to deliver basic surgical equipment and carry out endoscopic surgery).

Wad Medani, Sudan - Mar 2005
Ismail Khalaf visited Wad Medani Hospital, the only major urological centre outside the capital, Khartoum, and the only hospital available to those with little or no money, serving a population of almost 5 million. He found an impressive, dedicated urology/nephrology unit providing high-quality care free of charge.

Christian Medical College Vellore, India - Oct/Dec 2004
Following an elective period at CMC Vellore, Trevor Dorkin re-visited the unit at the invitation of Nitin Kekre, Professor of Urology in Vellore.

Iraqi Kurdistan - Apr/May 2004
Christine Evans visited Erbil, Duhok & Suilaiman in Iraqi Kurdistan and performed a variety of common procedures (TURP, TURBT, optical urethrotomy) as well as some complex urinary reconstruction (suprapubic repair of vesiciovaginal fistula).

Mnazi Moja Hospital, Zanzibar - Jan 2004
Mac McIvor, KeyMed representative, visited to Mnazi Moja Hospital, Zanzibar to prepare the ground (and the endoscopic instruments) for the arrival of Ru MacDonagh (see below).

Mnazi Moja Hospital, Zanzibar - Jan 2004
Ru MacDonagh returned to Mnazi Moja Hospital to support Dr Mohammed Jiddawi, the sole Consultant by reinforcing his training and replacing his unserviceable equipment. Dr Jiddawi had previously received training in endoscopic urology, including transurethral resection of the prostate, but had become de-skilled due to repeated equipment failures.

5th Lester Eschleman Workshop, KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania - Nov 2003
Danny Painter, Specialist Registrar in the South West Deanery, accompanied Phil Thomas to KCMC for the workshop which focused on reconstructive urology and intersex disorders.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi - Sep 2003
Christine Evans travelled for the first time to Malawi to teach and perform reconstructive surgery.She then moved on to Zimbabwe & Zambia to meet up with Professor Chris Lavy, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, to discuss the COSECSA examinations.

University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia - Sep 2003
Ahsanul Haq was joined by Christine Evans at the end of her trip to Malawi & Zimbabwe (see above) and spent his time operating & assisting at surgery, often performed for "end-stage" pathology.

KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania - Apr 2003
Neil Haldar visited KCMC to set up a formal twinning arrangement between Oxford and KCMC. He was accompanied by Griff Fellows, a retired urologist, Jeremy Crew, Consultant Urologist, Wendy Edmundson, urology theatre sister, Kokila Laku, paediatric surgeon and Peter Sullivan, paediatrician.

Zambia - Apr 2003
Neville Harrison visited 11 hospitals in Zambia at the invitation of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), to assess surgical training and, at the same time, to find out more about their local urology services.

Iraqi, Kurdistan - May 2002
Christine Evans visited Duhok, Salaimi & Erbil to perform large numbers of complex procedures and to deliver equipment, printers etc to various hospitals.

Banjul, The Gambia - Apr 2002
Mike Bishop, accompanied by George Fowlis, Sean Vesey and Jhumur Pati (George Fowlis's SpR), transported a large quantity of equipment to Banjul and assisted several major procedures involving reconstructive surgery.

KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania - Feb 2002
Nilay Patel with Neil Haldar, Jeremy Crew & Mark Sullivan were invited to participate in daily ward rounds, outpatient clinics, radiology meetings and in the operating theatre.

Zanzibar & Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania - Jan 2002
Mark Woodward, SpR in Paediatric Urology in Bristol, visited Zanzibar with Guy Nicholls, Consultant Paediatric Urologist. They saw children with hypospadias (two of whom had had previous surgery) and then 11 children with urethro-cutaneous (UC) fistulae. These were of varying degrees of severity, but were all the result of religious circumcision.

University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia - Dec 2001
Christine Evans, accompanied by Patrick Duffy, Ken Queen, Derek Rosario and Nigel Sammon performed multiple complex procedures during their visit.

Zanzibar & KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania - Oct/Nov 2001
Jonathan Rees, Research Fellow in Taunton visited the Department of Urology at Mnazi Moja Hospital in Zanzibar, before joining up with the Urolink Party for the Urology Workshop at KCMC in Northern Tanzania (see above).

Christian Medical College, Vellore, India - Sep/Oct 2001
Andrew Cliff was offered the chance to perform some open procedures, in particular live-donor nephrectomy, but found it more useful to "wander" between the adjacent theatres, thereby enabling him to see most of the urological procedures he had not seen during four years of training in the UK.

All India Institute of Medical Studies, New Delhi, India - Jul 2001
Prokar Dasgupta visited AIIMS on a fellowship, specifically to study laparoscopic urology, in which Indian surgeons have played a pioneering role.

KCMC, Moshi, Tanzania - Nov/Dec 1999
Patrick Cutinha visited KCMC as a trainee to take part in a urethroplasty workshop, overseen by Chris Chapple, Neville Harrison, Philip Thomas and Pat Malone.


PLEASE NOTE: The views expressed in these reports represent personal observations by individual contributors; they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Urolink Executive Committee, or the views of BAUS itself

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