BDIAP INITIATIVES IN AFRICA

The BDIAP is proud of our support for pathology education in Africa. Several years ago we supported a pathology trainee from Kenya to train in the Republic of South Africa; this trainee is now an established Consultant in Nairobi and Secretary of the new East African Division of the IAP.
East Africa also has an East African-British School of Pathology (EABSoP) similar to the Arab, Bosnian and Sri Lankan schools. The EABSoP is an annual event which began in 2009 (GI); 2010 was on Breast with 2011 being Head & Neck pathology.
It was clear that many laboratories in East Africa had serious problems with technical quality. So we have started the East African Technical Training Workshop run by Olorunda Rotimi, Peter & Vanessa Jackson from Leeds; this is jointly sponsored by the IBMS. Two courses, each of 4 days, were run in 2010 in Dar es Salaam with the 2011 course being in Nairobi in September.
The BDIAP also sends “goodwill ambassadors” to support and lecture in national and international meetings in Africa, including a yearly sponsorship for the South African Divisional Meeting and two yearly for the APECSA (Association of Pathologists of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa) Meetings. The US and Canadian Division, USCAP, has established its “Friends of Africa” programme. Thus the efforts of USCAP, the BDIAP, the French Division and the exploits in Northern Africa through the Arab Division all serve to provide some support for pathology education to a continent with particular problems. For example, one of the BDIAP member countries is the Netherlands which has around 20 million people and about 400 established pathologists. In stark contrast, Zambia, with a similar population, has, at the last count, just two. We are really only scratching the surface of pathology education in Africa…….
In October 2008 BDIAP councillor Alec Howat (now President Elect) and General Secretary (now Immediate Past President) Neil Shepherd, went on a fact finding visit to Kenya to discover how best the BDIAP can further their help in Africa. The report of that visit by Alec Howat can be found as a pdf file here:

Report by Alec Howat for BDIAP Council on Support for sub-Saharan Anglophone African Pathology

Pathology Senior Lecturer Posts available in Zambia, follow this link

THET: Tropical Health and Education Trust

Opportunities for you to help with African Pathology! The email below is from Dr Dan Milner in Boston. Please contact him if you feel able to help.

  1. Volunteer opportunities abroad to provide service and teaching/training.  I am currently recruiting volunteers for Malawi, Rwanda, and Fiji (new!). Visitors should ideally be on the ground for 4 weeks +. All specialties are accepted and needs are immediate.
  1. Telepathology consulting. There are several opportunities (paid and unpaid) to provide expert consultations and routine diagnostics via telepathology. All you need to participate is an internet accessible computer or smart phone. All specialties are accepted and needs are immediate.  Active projects include Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Haiti, and Palestine. 
  1. Capacity for case sharing!! Through a wonderful camera attachment (www.arcturuslabs.com) which I purchase in bulk, we are able to instantly provide pathologists abroad with the ability to take photographs and upload them for sharing and consultation. BUT, we need you to donate your old iPhone 4/4s or 5/5s. Do you have one you are not using? Please unlock the phone with your service provider and remove the device from your iCloud account. Then it’s ready to go!  Every phone donated means another pathologist has access to experts from across the globe.
  1. Twinning. Does your home pathology lab want to consider pairing with a pathology laboratory abroad to provide training, knowledge and cases sharing, and diagnostic support? Please let me know and we can discuss how you can quickly have a massive impact on patient care in our neighboring countries.
  1. Partners in Health response to Ebola in West Africa. Please see their current needs at: http://act.pih.org/page/content/ebola-recruitment

Thanks in advance.

Please address all responses directly to me (dmilner@partners.org).

Dan Milner, MD, MSc, FCAP
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Harvard School of Public Health