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The Role of National Specialist Societies in Influencing Transformational Change in Low-Middle Income Countries – Reflections on the Model of Implementation for a National Endoscopy Training Programme in Bangladesh

Authors Hawkes N, Dave U, Rahman M, Richards D, Hasan M, Rowshon AHM, Ahmed F, Rahman MM, Kibria MG, Dodds P, Hawkes B, Goddard S, Rahman I, Neville P, Feeney M, Jenkins G, Lloyd K, Ragunath K, Edwards C, Taylor-Robinson SD

Received 17 December 2020

Accepted for publication 2 March 2021

Published 22 March 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 103—111


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Wing-Kin Syn

Neil Hawkes,1,2 Umakant Dave,3 Mesbah Rahman,2,3 Dafydd Richards,3 Mahmud Hasan,4,5 AHM Rowshon,4 Faruque Ahmed,4,6 M Masudur Rahman,6 MG Kibria,6 Phedra Dodds,7 Bethan Hawkes,8 Stuart Goddard,9 Imdadur Rahman,10 Peter Neville,1 Mark Feeney,11 Gareth Jenkins,12 Keith Lloyd,12 Krish Ragunath,13 Cathryn Edwards,2,11 Simon D Taylor-Robinson14

1Department of Gastroenterology, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Llantrisant, South Wales, UK; 2British Society of Gastroenterology Central Office, London, UK; 3Department of Gastroenterology, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, UK; 4Office of the Central Secretariat, Bangladesh Gastroenterology Society, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 5Office of Central Secretariat, Gastroliver Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6Department of Gastroenterology, Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute and Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 7Department of Endoscopy Nursing, Office of the JAG GRS Team, Powys Health Board, Brecon, UK; 8Office of the Wales Cancer Network Pathway, Welsh Cancer Network, Cardiff, UK; 9Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy, Cardiff MediCentre, Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK; 10Department of Gastroenterology, Southampton NHS Trust, Southampton, UK; 11Department of Gastroenterology and Liver Medicine, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon, UK; 12Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK; 13Office of the Provost, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bentley Campus, Curtin Medical School, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia; 14Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, London, UK

Correspondence: Neil Hawkes Email [email protected]

Abstract: The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and the Bangladesh Gastroenterology Society (BGS) have collaborated on an endoscopy training programme, which has grown up over the past decade from a small scheme borne out of the ideas of consultant gastroenterologists in Swansea, South Wales (United Kingdom) to improve gastroenterology services in Bangladesh to become a formalised training programme with broad reach. In this article, we document the socioeconomic and historical problems that beset Bangladesh, the current training needs of doctors and how the BSG-BGS collaboration has made inroads into changing outcomes both for gastroenterologists in Bangladesh, but also for the populations they serve.

Keywords: endoscopy training, Bangladesh, training programmes, gastroenterology training

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