East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
Vol. 19, No. 2, 2014, pp. 55-58
Bioline Code: js14033
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2014, pp. 55-58
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Traumatic Brain Injury in Africa: The Republic of Malawi as an example.|
Due to the high rate of mortality and morbidity, traumatic brain injury is of
great significance throughout the world. Preventive concepts have managed to
considerably reduce the incidence in many countries in the northern hemisphere, but such
an approach either does not exist or has failed in the developing nations of the southern
hemisphere, where in some is a lack of data on the current incidence of traumatic brain
injury. This is a review of the literature reflecting the current status of traumatic brain
injuries in Malawi.
Issues of epidemiology as well as actuality of the data have been addressed in a
PubMed and Medline review for the Republic of Malawi.
There are very good studies about injuries in Malawi. However, they are not recent
in a developing society and country. Traumatic brain injury as a neurosurgical and
neurocranial problem in Malawi is underrepresented in the recent literature.
There is an urgent need for epidemiological studies of neurological and
neurosurgical diseases including traumatic brain injuries to forward structured
development in Malawi.
Medical education; Public health; Africa; Neurosurgery; TBI