GSU Birmingham Team visits Rwanda Hub for SIV, Monitoring and CEI

University of Birmingham colleagues visit Rwanda for the launch of ProtectSurg and Community Engagement activities

 

Members of the Global Surgery Unit (GSU) of the University of Birmingham visited the GSU Rwanda Hub (hosted at the University of Rwanda) from 19-22 July 2022 for the ProtectSurg site initiation visit and monitoring training and Community Engagement and Involvement (CEI) training and activities. The team also spoke during the 1st University Research Open Day where they spoke about GSU’s recently-concluded trials FALCON and CHEETAH

 

ProtectSurg is a platform trial that aims to test an inhaled drug that aims to test an inhaled drug that may prevent pulmonary complications such as pneumonia and flu following surgery. FALCON, on the other hand, tested the effectiveness of alcoholic chlorhexidine versus povidone-iodine for skin preparation and the use of antibiotic-coated sutures for surgery to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs). Finally, CHEETAH aimed to look at the impact of changing gloves and instruments before wound closure in preventing SSIs.

 

The Birmingham team also visited Kibogora Hospital- one of the research spoke sites of the Rwanda Hub where training on ProtectSurg was also done. In addition, selected Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the district were invited to a CEI activity where their awareness and views on research were obtained. The CHWs were also asked about their knowledge of post-surgical care and what sort of training they would need to better support the villages they serve.

 

The visiting Birmingham team comprised Rachel Lillywhite- Trials Management Team Leader, Donna Smith- Senior Trial Manager and Michael Bahrami-Hessari- Community Engagement and Involvement Manager.