Scheduled Posters

“Educational Needs in Reconstruction of Head and Neck Defects in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Do Surgeons Want to Learn?”

Pier-Luc Beaudoin, Johan Fagan, Éric Bissada, Akram Rahal, Tareck Ayad



Head and neck cancer represents a growing threat in the low to moderate-income countries. The situation is particularly difficult in sub-Saharan Africa where patients present with late diseases. Countries affected are not able to face the burden and the lack of reconstructive options is part of the challenge.


Describe the reconstructive practice of African head & neck surgeons (H&NS). Evaluate their need and interest in learning new surgical procedures.


Electronic survey distributed to 45 H&NS in 12 countries.


There were 32 respondents. 67% stated that they have to offer non-surgical treatment because of a lack of reconstructive options.  H&NS showed greatest interest in learning the supraclavicular, the latissimus dorsi and the platysma flaps among others.


Surgeons showed interest in learning a broad range of pedicled and free-flaps.This project is a crucial step toward the development of appropriate educational tools for our colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, the audience will:

  • Learn about the burden of HNC in LMICs
  • Understand thechallenges associated with surgical treatment of head and neck cancer in LMICs
  • Learn about the reconstructive practice of African H&NS

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Scheduling Details

Posters can be seen in the Gray/Palmer/Pope Ballroom. This room will be open on Sunday, June 12 from 09:00 to 17:00, and on Monday, June 13 from 09:00 to 16:00.

Authors' Contact Details

Corresponding Author: Dr. Pier-Luc Beaudoin

Senior Author: Dr. Tareck Ayad

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