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Tecnicos de cirurgia—assistant medical officers trained for surgery in Mozambique 

Tecnicos de cirurgia—assistant medical officers trained for surgery in Mozambique
Tecnicos de cirurgia—assistant medical officers trained for surgery in Mozambique

Pascoal Mocumbi

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date: 15 September 2019

Chapter 12 describes how, faced with a severe shortage of trained workers, the author initiated the training of tecnicos de cirurgia—assistant medical officers trained for surgery—to tackle the pressing needs of pregnant women and war casualties. This account shows that by careful recruitment, training, and consistent supervision it is possible to develop and train non-medical workers to deliver services that are only undertaken by doctors in Europe, the US, and most of the rest of the world. It covers how, almost 30 years later, the programme is still in place and serving the majority of the rural populations of Mozambique, and how the country continues to face enormous health needs but has become, in the last few years, one of the ‘frontier economies’ of sub-Saharan Africa, growing fast economically and beginning to be able to offer its young population the promise of greater opportunities and better services. It also discusses how, at the same time, other countries in Africa and beyond, faced with their own crises in how to provide healthcare for their populations, are interested in learning the lessons from Mozambique’s experiences.

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