Solution: how it works

Dutch school offers a practical solution. We chose a convincing method: ‘Train-the-trainer’. It’s simple, clear and effective. Local doctors are trained in practicing specialized surgical procedures. In turn, they commit to passing their learned skill on to other health care professionals. An oil stain of knowledge and expertise. If ten specialists are trained every year and each of them would in turn train ten colleagues, in theory this would generate an army of new trained specialists. Theoretically, this would mean that in four years time, ten thousand specialists are trained and able to perform specific oncologic procedures every year as long as resources are available. Backed by gynaecologists and scientists from all eight Dutch Academic Centers and the four large trainingclinics a continuous stream of knowledge is brought about. Gynaecological cancer requires a special kind of care. Timely and professional diagnostics are of the utmost importance in treating diseases that affect a woman’s reproductive organs. The Dutch School has therefore initiated its own colposcopy project: teaching doctors and nurses how to examine a cervix, by means of a stereo microscope. The Dutch school sets on improving gynaecological cancer care in developmental countries by: • sending specialized gynaecological surgeons for training weeks • organizing courses for resident doctors • arranging visiting professors, guest lectures, scientific conferences and master classes • surgical and other workshops • selecting promising and motivated fellows for training in the Netherlands • making Dutch materials available for training abroad • developing course material, tailored to the local situation • establishing and conducting scientific research • stimulating and supporting specialized health care programs • improving gynaecological health infrastructure