Centre for Global Surgery
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​​​​​​​​​​​Centre for Global Surgery​​

Research and Internationalisation

The core mandate of the centre is research with teaching/learning and policy/advocacy as secondary pillars. 

Active Projects​

Delays to Access Care

  • Identifying barriers and enablers to increasing the surgical capacity of Rural District Hospitals in the Northern Cape.
  • Identifying barriers to accessing health care for chronic wounds in the Khayelitsha sub-district: A mixed methods study
  • Time to regional surgical care in rural South Africa
  • Time to accessing breast cancer in Cape Metro West
  • The Risk Factors for Unresected Gastric Adencarcinoma in South Africa: A National Cancer Registry Analysis
  • Colorectal cancer resection rates in South Africa
  • Exploring pathways to accessing care for appendectomy in the Western Cape Government Health System, South Africa
  • Referral pathways and time to care for injured patients admitted to hospitals in urban and rural South Africa

Health System Strengthening

  • Emergency Medical Services for trauma before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Incidence of lower limb amputations among diabetic patients in low- and middle-income countries
  • Fracture evaluation management and understanding research (FEMUR)
  • Assessing barriers to equitable access to quality care and patient outcomes
  • Injury pathway modelling
  • Exploring caesarean sections from a training perspective for low- and middle-income countries
  • Post-injury survival, patient reported quality of life and the cost-effectiveness of injury care in South Africa
  • Types and mechanisms of traumatic injuries and related risk factors influencing length of hospital stay for patients in South African hospitals
  • Interpersonal violence and related risk factors in rural and urban South Africa
  • Mixed methods assessment of quality of injury care in South Africa
  • Governance and political landscape of injury care in South Africa
  • ​Bellwether capacity of district hospitals in South Africa: A cross-sectional survey

Community-Based Research

  • Exploring the role of indigenous knowledge healers in Diabetes Mellitus and Foot Infections screening in the Rural Eastern Cape
  • The role of indigenous knowledge healers in surgical care in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Identifying stakeholder needs for embedding sustainable solutions around injury care
  • Creating equitable surgical access in rural South Africa: community screening and clinic referrals for diabetic foot infection in rural Eastern Cape
  • Improving surgical care: exploring potential collaborations between the indigenous and formal health sectors 
  • From theory to practice: how a rural South African community translated research to action in injury healthcare​



2nd Annual Equi-injury Meeting,1-3 November 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda

The country leads from  South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana and USA partnership leads meeting was hosted by Rwanda and gave the various country leads the opportunity to share their experiences, updates, and plans on the Equi-injury project.

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1st Annual Investigator Equi-injury Meeting, 1-3 November 2022, Cape Town, South Africa

The first investigator Equi-Injury meeting held from the 1st to the 3rd of Nov​​​​​ember 2022 in Cape Town had participants from the collaborating countries - South Africa, Rwanda, Pakistan, Ghana and USA. The Equi-Injury grant funded by the United Kingdom National Institute for Health and Care Research aims to improve equitable access to quality injury care in South Africa, Rwanda, Pakistan and Ghana. During the 3- day meeting, the team worked on the theory of change for the project, discussed the multi-criteria decision analysis, the different aspects of community engagement and involvement of the partner teams in the project, the capacity exchange process and the requirements and opportunities embedded in the project. The meeting was spiced with role plays by the participants and packed with collaborative opportunities, fun and quality research.​

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