Mr Marcus Filshie FRCOG has very generously donated to support our Kitovu project in Masaka region, Uganda.
Dr Sandra McNeill's visit in 2014
In November 2014, Dr Sandra McNeill FRCOG was the first RCOG/Marcus Filshie Fellow to visit Kitovu. She had a specific role within the Kitovu project which was to back-fill for a Ugandan obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Florence Nalubega. She spent eight weeks training in fistula surgery at the world-renowned Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. Dr Florence regularly assists during the fistula camps hosted at Kitovu and she explained how the fistula surgery training helped to give her confidence in her obstetric and emergency care for mothers.
During her two month visit, Dr McNeill built a lasting relationship with staff at Kitovu including Director of Fistula, Dr Maura Lynch and the obstetric staff on the ward.
Sandra is now advising the RCOG on the design and development of the emergency obstetric training package that is being developed collaboratively with Kitovu.
You can read more about Sandra’s visit in the March edition of The O&G Magazine.
Taking the project forward
The RCOG is now collaborating with Kitovu Hospital on all aspects of preparation for emergency obstetric training for health workers in the region. The RCOG/Marcus Filshie Fellowship will be instrumental in supporting the monitoring, evaluation and development of the project over its lifetime to ensure sustainability of skills learned. Details of how this support will be visualised are being clarified in the run up to the project launch.
Volunteer at Kitovu
Applications for the February 2017 intake of the RCOG/Marcus Filshie Fellowship are now closed. Future opportunities will be announced in due course.