Centre for Global Surgery
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Current Research

​Our research is framed around health systems strengthening in surgical care, improving decentralised surgical services, and understanding barriers to access to surgical care. Our current projects include:​

Access to care

  • Equitable access to quality care after injury in four low- and middle-income countries
  • Exploring pathways to accessing care for appendectomy in the Western Cape Government Health System, South Africa
  • Mapping time to accessing surgical care at Worcester regional hospital, South Africa
  • Time to accessing care for breast cancer patients in the Cape Metro West, South Africa
  • Barriers to accessing care for chronic wounds in the Khayelitsha township, South Africa
  • Access and identification of barriers to care for persons with traumatic brain injury in the Khayelitsha health district
  • Social determinants of seeking and reaching injury care in South Africa: A qualitative study
  • Effect of the South African response to the COVID-19 pandemic on out-of-hospital and facility- based emergency injury care in the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Health system strengthening

  • Global surgery actors: stakeholder mapping via a social network analysis
  • Surgical capacity of Zimbabwe's public sector hospitals
  • Impact of a district hospital orthopaedic service on acute orthopaedic referrals in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Development and scope of practice of the South African clinical associate​

Burden of disease

  • The causes of electrical burns at a tertiary hospital burns unit pre-and-peri COVID-19 pandemic
  • Incidence of lower limb amputations among diabetic patients in low- and middle-income countries
  • Resection rates of gastric and colorectal cancer in South Africa
  • Misdiagnosis of appendicitis in women at New Somerset Hospital, South Africa​

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