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Livingstone Fellowship: Rheumatology in Resource-Limited Settings

Livingstone Fellowship: Rheumatology in Resource-Limited Settings

 Instant-access eLearning module


This eLearning Module seeks to share expertise to help build capacity among physicians working in rheumatology in resource-limited settings. It was supported by the Scottish Government to build on the expertise that is shared as part of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow's Livingstone Fellowship.

This course is authored and presented by Dr Namakando Liusha, a rheumatologist from Zambia.

There are six modules. Each module is expected to take around 1-2 hours to complete.

The modules are:

  • Introduction to Rheumatology in resource- limited settings.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Basics & Management.
  • Inflammatory Idiopathic Immune Myositis.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
  • Systemic Sclerosis.
  • Gout in Zambia.

The purpose of the Livingstone Fellowship project is to support capacity strengthening of the medical profession in Zambia and Malawi and to make a positive difference to the health of people living in areas where access to quality healthcare is limited. 

The purpose of the Education and Cascade Training Project Bursary in Zambia, as well as the Continued Professional Development Project is to strengthen health care delivery, as well as to build capacity in Rheumatology Services through improved human resource capabilities by means of a locally derived package of training and mentorship which is affordable and cost effective within a limited timeframe.

  • To gain and improve clinical skills and proficiency of managing Rheumatology patients within the local environment, and apply skills and knowledge gained during placement in Glasgow.

  • To improve patient outcomes through integration of current up to date resources available for disease diagnostics, patient management and monitoring of patient centred disease outcomes

  • To improve patient services by training more than 25 physicians at 5 sites and online in basic rheumatology knowledge and skills.

  • To gain leverage with the Zambian Government when lobbying for improvements in service delivery and recognition of the needs of Rheumatology patients.

  • To establish a Registry Data Base of Rheumatology patients at the five sites where the cascade training project will be conducted.



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