Patient care action research get top marks

Patient care action research get top marks

Project Harar's evaluations of patient care in Ethiopia have been recognised by two prestigious scientific bodies in the UK.

Our ground-breaking review of over 350 patients who received a cleft lip operation has been accepted by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) at the Royal College of Surgeons. Mr Matthew Fell, a trainee surgeon who undertook the field research in rural Hararghe in 2011, will present the paper "The impact of a single surgical intervention for patients with cleft lip and palate living in rural eastern Ethiopia" at BAPRAS' Summer scientific meeting on behalf of Prof Mark McGurk, Tom Hoyle and our partner surgeons in Addis Ababa led by Yekatit-12's Dr Mekonen.

Meanwhile, Dr Nadia Lafferty who visited 40 noma patients in their villages in 2012, was awarded a Distinction by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for her Masters dissertation on her action-research with Project Harar. Dr Lafferty's interviews also helped gauge local understanding and responses to noma, and gave important insights into the risk factors associated with this terrifying and little understood disease.

She will now join Medecins Sans Frontieres programme in the Central African Republic. Best wishes to both doctors.

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