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E-learning platform wins award

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We are delighted to announce that the e-learning platform for paediatric surgery in Africa - which we launched just last May - has just been named as the winner of the Project Management for Social Good at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Ireland’s Awards. 

The free-to-use platform, which serves 26 nations in west, central, east and southern Africa, has gone from strength to strength in the brief time since it launched. 

Speaking about the award-winners, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI Jackie Glynn said: “The winners exemplify the best in our profession and highlight the myriad benefits effective project management brings to an organisation.” 

But that’s not all: the team behind the award-winning platform has already published more than 30 written modules, and plans to deliver a total of 108 modules within the first three years.

More than 80 surgeons and trainee surgeons have already undertaken the first modules, with many of them sharing with us their positive experiences: “I enjoyed the practical application of the knowledge -- the case-based learning. I feel this drives self-directed learning after identifying individual learning needs.” 

What is the E-learning platform?

The free-to-use online platform seeks to enable trainees enrolled in surgical college training programmes to have direct access to online lectures and tutorials, creating a space for trainees to learn surgical techniques, pathologies and equipment tips.   

The Kids Operating Room programme, which aims to graduate 325 surgeons in five years, was created in association with more than 70 African surgeons and built by the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). 

Why the need for such platform? 

Currently, 7% of African children die before their fifth birthday (Unicef, 2019) because of lack of trained paediatric surgeons, equipment and operating rooms. 

In five years’ time, these 325 paediatric surgeons will perform a combined total of approximately three million procedures for children over the course of their careers. These trained surgeons will have a life-changing – or indeed life-saving – impact for millions of children.

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