The primary objective of the ZEST programme is to train medical doctors and theatre staff stationed at district and other high-volume facilities, in an integrated curriculum covering key concepts in the management of surgical emergencies in various specialties which include: a. Trauma; b. General Surgery; c. Pediatric Surgery; d. Cardiothoracic Surgery; e. Neurosurgery; f. Urology; g. Orthopedics; and h. Obstetrics & Gynecology.
In 2014 and 2015, training workshops were conducted at hospitals in Matabeleland South, Mashonaland East, Manicaland and Masvingo which catered for medical officers from 4 provinces. A total of 48 doctors have been trained to August 2015. Zimbabwe successfully undertake the EST pilot programme and the Ministry of Health has given its support for the programme to continue. A number of Specialists Surgeons and doctors have taken time off from their busy schedule and travelled around the country conducting the EST Programme. At one training a total of 12 Surgeons attended.
A sample ZEST curriculum is available.
ZEST Programme Coordinator
Mrs Neriser Sibanda is the Project Coordinator responsible for management of the ZEST programme. She liaises with hospital management and staff to ensure that all logistics associated with hosting the trainings are prepared for the trainings. She graduated in Business Administration and has worked in various organisationi currently she is an Events Consultant since 2010. She anages corporate events and is deeply involved with coordinating medical events across the country. She has a background in Quality Assurance Management Systems including Internal Quality Audits since 2000.