Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

PAPSA 2018

Hugh Greenwood BAPS PAPSA Neonatal Skills  Ethiopia 2018


This is the 6th Preconference training course for the PAPSA meeting. The venue was the Black Lion Hospital Skills laboratory in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.





The faculty included:


Tony Lander (Course Co-ordinator)

Richard Stewart, Haitham Dagash, David Drake, Niyi Ade-Ajayi, Kokila Lakhoo


Hanna Getachew, Woubedel Kiflu, Samuel Nagash


There were 38 participants from 9 countries and all paediatric surgery trainees. We had 45 applications but needed to restrict the numbers due to space allocation. The skill level of the participants was high and the discussions very lively. The content included bowel anastomosis, gastrostomy, duodenal atresia and TOF model with discussions around the topics.

Local organisation:

The local organisation was challenging but we were able to deliver a popular and high standard course which is reflected in the feedback  analysis  below.

35 responders


positive improvement comments
Relevance of course


100% Relevant to all participants training
Course content






Extramucosal is great technique.

Better anastamosis


2. gastrostomy





Model needed hollow structure

Difficult to create ink well

3. duodenal atresia




Learnt new technique

Understood concept

Tricky but excellent technique



4. TOF




Too small

Bottom bit stringy

Too far spaced

Tissue came off board

Enjoyed challenge

Cup avoided cheating





94% Need more models

Need more challenging models


Organisation by LOC


40% Better light

Poor catering

No name badgers

Poor ablusion

2 registered did not get TOF model

4 unregistered


PAPSA meeting

BAPS was actively engaged in the PAPSA meeting. There were 4 presentations from BAPS members, 3 keynote addresses and the Heinz Rode lecture. 6 sessions were chaired by BAPS members . BAPS  badged the Neonatal symposium with PAPSA and the programme is reflected below.


Prepared by

Prof. Kokila Lakhoo

IAC Chair

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