17 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS APRIL 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events gastroenterological care and education at the site. Instigated by Professor Suliman Fedail and supported generously by Mohamed Salih Idris, this center was originally established to address an overwhelming clinical need in the region and has been responsible for a dramatic fall in mortality from upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. The Khartoum Center truly fulfills all of the ideals of a WGO TC: focus on local needs, outreach to the country and the region, collaboration with the community, endorsement by the government and by the Sudanese Society of Gastroenterology and, above all, the presence of a faculty who are not only skilled clinicians but outstanding educators. It was a privilege to attend the opening and I foresee wonderful years ahead for gastroenterology training in Sudan and the region.” Also present at the opening of the Khartoum Training Center were several foreign dignitaries, including: Mr. Hideki Ito, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan; Dr. Ake Andrén-Sanberg, Professor of Surgery at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, and Dr. Ibrahim Mostafa, Professor of Endemic Disease at the Theodor Bilharz Research Institute in Cairo, Egypt and Director of the WGO Cairo Training Center. A number of local dignitaries were also present, including: Professor Fedail; Dr. Isameldin Mohammed Abdalla, Sudanese Undersecretary of the Federal Ministry of Health; Professor Mamoun Homeida, Khartoum State Minister of Health, and Dr. Abdelmounem Eltayeib Abdo, Secretary General of the Sudanese Society of Gastroenterology and Director of the Khartoum Training Center. Khartoum Training Center Objectives: 1. To establish a WGO Endoscopy, Laparoscopy, and Ultrasonography Training Center. 2. To upgrade the level of endoscopy services in the country and the region, especially in countries with limited medical services. 3. To help in the establishment of postgraduate medical and surgical gastroenterology training fellowship programs in nearby countries. 4. To upgrade the level of patient care and patient safety by developing local guidelines. 5. To improve the quality and training of Endoscopy Nursing. The Center plans to offer training at a variety of different levels of specialty and qualification for gastroenterologists, as well as surgeons, GI fellows, nurses, and students, and will include: • Regular short endoscopy, laparoscopy, and ultrasound workshops • Short term (3 month) endoscopy courses aimed at updating trained endoscopists in new techniques and technology • Long term (6-12 months) training in endoscopy and laparoscopy, including patient care on clinical wards and in tertiary referral clinics • A center for the training program of the Sudanese Medical Specialization Board in General Medicine and General Surgery • Training for the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, a 2-year structured training program recently initiated by the Sudan Medical Specialization Board • Endoscopy Nurse training • Undergraduate training for students from faculties of medicine in Khartoum Guiding principles of the center include: addressing the need for more GI specialists in Sudan; establishing the concept of a regional training center that works hand-in-hand with national training strategies; providing training to participants from other countries in the region in order to extend training to the sub- Saharan region of Africa and beyond; and initiating liver transplant surgery in Sudan within the next few years. The Khartoum Training Center inauguration is the first of many inaugurations for WGO in 2015. These WGO Training Center launches include: • Yangon, Myanmar - 16 March 2015 • Xi’an, People’s Republic of China - 20 March 2015 • Ankara, Turkey - 10 April 2015 • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - 18 April 2015 • Lagos, Nigeria - 18 April 2015 • New Delhi, India - 26 April 2015 • Porto, Portugal - June 2015 To date, 23 Training Centers have been established by WGO with over 2,200 participants having benefited therefrom since 2001.The WGO Training Center program serves to increase the standard of delivery of digestive health care by increasing the number of digestive health care workers and their expertise. In addition to training new providers, the Training Centers serve as locations to increase the expertise of existing digestive disease health care providers, especially those from developing, low resource countries. The mission of the WGO Training Center program is to establish and nurture core training centers for primary and advanced gastroenterology training in locations of need, thereby improving the standard of training at a grassroots level while ensuring a focus on regionally-relevant diseases. WGOF Chairman, Professor Eamonn Quigley.
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