Support neurosurgical capacity building in LMICs through knowledge sharing


  • Abenezer Tirsit Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Chol Jun Ri Pyongyang Medical University, Democratic People's Republic of Korea




In low-income countries (LICs), the deficiency of a professional workforce is a challenge. To increase the attention and the number of applicants to be a neurosurgeon, quality enhancement of education is necessary. The professional element, such as lecturers and clinical instructors in medical school and their qualifications, play an essential role in leading the continuous development of neurosurgery in their countries. Basic neurosurgical knowledge is needed to strengthen the association and cooperation with related clinicians, institutions, and organizations, as these will have relevant inputs on capacity building. In addition, as a short-term plan, we encourage task sharing and task shifting, which includes training general surgeons to treat life-threatening neurotraumatic conditions, which has been shown to salvage trauma victims in some setups.