We focus to improve the quality of surgery by providing surgical training through laparoscopic simulation training with techniques and equipment suitable for the specific location and local demands of the surgeons, surgical residents and medical students in Afghanistan. At this point the training is still based on a master-apprentice teaching, with varieties of different approaches. To provide a straightforward, the process should be standardized according to surgical skills training and latest scientific evidences as far as applicable to the situation present in the academic or teaching hospitals. Standardizing the process will facilitate the medical staff, making the process more efficient and improving patient care. In addition to the laparoscopic trainers, access to an application will be available to learn and do exercises.
1) Three laparoscopic simulators will be placed in a training room at Ali Abad
Teaching Hospital and three at Sardar Daud Khan Military Hospital and access to a training application will be provided.
2) At the start of the project, a team of MCAN members will provide onsite training to the surgical residents and the surgeons. Afterwards, the MCAN members will provide online help if this is needed.
3) After 6 months, the usefulness and the satisfaction of the project is evaluated. In case of a positive evaluation, the project will be continued and probably extended with more simulators and equipment. The aim is to create laparoscopic skills lab in which surgical techniques can be practiced by residents and staff.
The start of this project has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two simulation boxes of the firm Laparoscopyboxx, two fully equipped laparoscopic simulators of DEAM and two laparoscopic trainers of Radboudumc will be provided to the Afghan hospitals. Additional suturing material, tablets, access to the app, and spare gear will be provided as well.