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Promotion of gastrointestinal endoscopy in Sub-Saharan Africa: What is needed, and how can ESGE and WEO help?
The role of gastrointestinal endoscopy in the developed world has seen an amazing expansion that has resulted in it becoming a crucial diagnostic and therapeutic tool to replace radiology, as well as surgery to an increasing extent. Areas of Africa have seen a similar development, but in large areas of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the situation is far from ideal, with very limited access to endoscopic competence. This is related to financial, organizational, and educational factors, which have hampered the development of badly needed endoscopy services. Presence and involvement from relevant industry partners is also variable and often incomplete. General political and logistic challenges specific to each country add to the complexity; however, with a goal-oriented approach, improvement can be achieved within those limitations. Along with the process of improving the overall situation, there is a need to optimize the use of currently available resources. To accomplish this, a comprehensive understanding of local and regional dynamics is essential.
17 June 2021 (online)
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