A survey conducted among African neurosurgeons shows that there are now 500 neurosurgeons in Africa ; that is, one neurosurgeon for 1,350,000 inhabitants, and 70,000 km2.
The distribution of these neurosurgeons shows a striking regional disparity :
North Africa has 354 neurosurgeons for 119 million inhabitants ;
that is, one neurosurgeon for 338,000 inhabitants ;
and South Africa has 65 neurosurgeons for 40 million inhabitants ;
that is, one neurosurgeon for 620,000 inhabitants.
Between these two areas where neurosurgery is developing quite well, we have the majority of African countries with a scant density of neurosurgeons (81 neurosurgeons for 515 million inhabitants ; that is, one neurosurgeon for 6,368,000 inhabitants).
The Panafrican Association of Neurological Sciences (PAANS) brings together African neurosurgeons.
This continental African association represents African neurosurgeons in the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS).
In addition to this continental association, there are national societies of neurosciences.
However, there are only six societies of neurosurgery.
Two systems of training exist in Africa : (1) local training, and (2) training abroad.
These two systems have unequal quality and specific difficulties that are pointed out. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Chirurgie, Système nerveux, Afrique, Pratique professionnelle, Formation professionnelle, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Surgery, Nervous system, Africa, Professional practice, Occupational training, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0162971
Code Inist : 002B25J01. Création : 21/07/1998.