MASTER OF MEDICINE IN ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY (M.MED. ORTHO)

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INTRODUCTION

In Kenya, orthopaedics  is inclusive of Orthopaedic Trauma.  The Kenyan population currently stands at approximately 33 million.   The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that approximately 10% of the population  in developing countries is physically disabled.  This gives approximately 2.31 million disabled below the age of 18 years and one million above that age.  There is currently 1.1 million population to one Orthopaedic surgeon which is well below the WHO accepted figure of 100,000:1.  Kenya still relies on training of its Orthopaedic surgeons abroad and in neighbouring countries.  The rate is very slow due to limited spaces and lack of funds, and some of the trainers have less than adequate facilities as compared to Kenya.

 

Currently only two provincial hospitals and no district hospital have trained Orthopaedic surgeons.  The only institution with capacity for training of Orthopaedic surgeons is the University of Nairobi with its well established postgraduate programmes in medicine.  It is with the above reasons that this training is not only necessary but is long overdue. 

 

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