A sum of €6 million has been awarded in funding to a new research project that will bring “life-saving surgery to neglected families and communities in Africa”, according to the RCSI.
The project, led by RCSI’s Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Professor Ruairi Brugha, has been awarded the sum by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme.
Some of the biggest causes of preventable illness and death in Africa are conditions managed by surgery, such as emergencies in childbirth. However, over 90 per cent of the population are lacking in access to such care.
SURG-Africa (Scaling up Safe Surgery for District and Rural Populations in Africa) will be conducting research to support national programmes.