The Dr. Bob Cropsey Togo Surgical Education Endowment
A Strategic Solution: Mentor African Physicians as Surgeons in order to Share the Gospel
The solution for Togo is to train African physicians as surgeons to meet the surgical and spiritual needs of this country. Ten percent of adult deaths and 20% of pediatric deaths could be avoided with surgical intervention. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery estimates that 30% of all medical problems require surgical involvement.
To meet this need, a surgical training program is being developed at Hôpital Baptiste Biblique (HBB) in Togo in a partnership with ABWE International. A relationship has been established with the Pan -African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) to have this hospital and training program approved in the near future as a PAACS training site to train African Christian surgeons to provide compassionate care to their patients. PAACS has been training and mentoring surgeons for over 20 years and currently has nine General Surgical training programs in eight countries. Once approved, Togo will be the 9th country with a PAACS training program.
To start a PAACS 5-year surgical and training program by 2020 that will graduate 1-2 residents per year, is our goal. We want to train surgeons for Togo, prepared to serve and lead their communities.