Dr Tom Lissauer has developed several paediatric health partnership programmes between Imperial College and Rwanda in conjunction with the Rwanda Paediatric Association and Rwanda Ministry of Health.
Paediatric life support courses (ETAT+, Emergency Triage and Treatment plus Admission): introduced into Rwanda for health care professionals looking after sick children in hospitals as well as medical students. Initially, instructors were from Kenya, Rwandan instructors now trained. The courses are now running under the auspices of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK, in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda, including quality improvement in hospitals. He is the lead UK Consultant for the Rwanda programme.
Neonatal care in hospitals in Rwanda: introduced basic respiratory support with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) into the largest neonatal units together with training in neonatal monitoring, nutrition, temperature regulation and Kangaroo Mother Care by a team of doctors and nurses.
Patient safety in Rwanda: between the University Teaching Hospital in Butare and the Department of Infection Control at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London. Part of the WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety concentrating on hand hygiene and introduction of surgical checklists for surgical departments and maternal and child health.
Special interest in teaching, training and assessment. Editor of widely used textbook for medical undergraduates, the Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics (Editors Tom Lissauer and Graham Clayden, 4th Edn, Elsevier, 2012) and a brief textbook on neonatology for junior doctors and neonatal nurses, Neonatology at a Glance (Editors Tom Lissauer and Avroy Fanaroff, 2nd Edn, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).