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Fixing Clubfoot and Dysplasia

Location: Colombia
Topics: Surgery

When left untreated, congenital clubfoot and developmental dysplasia of the hip will cause permanent disability and deformity, drastically affecting a child’s mobility and quality of life. These two conditions have been the primary focus of the orthopedic team headed by Dr. Brian Snyder as part of the Healing the Children mission to Neiva, Colombia. Over the past eight years Dr. Snyder and his team have worked as a part of a joint mission in this resource poor setting treating hundreds of children a year with both maxillofacial and orthopedic conditions. Neiva, a small mountain city in the...

Hearts and Minds GHHearts and Minds of Ghana - Cardiology Care

Locations: Ghana 
Topics: Education, Noncommunicable Diseases, Surgery

Dr. Francis Fynn Thompson (Cardiology) and Beverley Small (2015 Global Nursing Fellow) have led a tremendous effort to create a self-sustaining pediatric cardiac surgery program in Ghana (Dr. Thompson is from Ghana originally and believes in giving back to his home country).  When their initiative...

PGSSC - Improving Surgery Systems in Brazil

Locations: Brazil
Topics: Research, Surgery

The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) has several projects in Brazil, focusing on surgical system strengthening through database and field research and nascent policy initiatives.  Led by Dr. Nivaldo Alonso, the Chief of Craniofacial Surgery at Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the PGSSC team collaborates directly with two states to perform national-level data collection.  In-country collaborators include Universidade Estadual do Amazonas (State University of Amazonas) and Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paolo), as well as the Burn Society of Brazil.  We fully expect this project will continue to flourish under the strengthening relationships...

PGSSC - Improving Surgery Systems in Ethiopia

Locations: Ethiopia
Topics: Education, Research, Surgery

The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) has team representatives in Ethiopia who are engaged in pilot projects in two states, with potential for expansion, and national healthcare policy planning.  Local collaborators include the Surgical Society of Ethiopia, Anesthesia Society of Ethiopia, and Obstetric Society of Ethiopia.  On a larger scale, we partner with Jhpiego, Assist International, G4 Alliance, Dalberg consultants, and GE Foundation to evaluate and provide recommendations for implementation of policy planning...

PGSSC India GHPGSSC - Improving Surgery Systems in India

Locations: India
Topics: Education, Research, Surgery

The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) is working in India on a broad range of projects related to implementation science, by supporting local partners in adapting and implementing The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s (LCoGS) recommendations for the Indian context. Through the LCoGS-India...

PGSSC - Improving Surgery Systems in Rwanda

Locations: Rwanda
Topics: Education, Research, Surgery

A major barrier to improving surgical access and outcomes is the lack of research capacity in Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICS). Recognizing this, Dr. Yihan Lin, from the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) has worked in Rwanda to help develop a complete curriculum for operational research training (ORT). ORT is a rigorous research training method, which develops research on key operational issues while simultaneously building local research capacity. This course is spaced over three modules within the course of 8 months to allow time to complete critical milestones...

PGSSC - Improving Surgery Systems in Zambia

Locations: Zambia
Topics: Education, Research, Surgery

On the invitation of the Zambian Ministry of Health (MOH) the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) has fellows actively involved in creating a National Surgical Plan for Zambia which will be integrated into their national health plan, scheduled to be implemented in 2016. Dr. Mukhopadhyay and his team have been deeply involved in preparations and discussion surrounding the plan. Collaborations with multiple in-country and international partners, including World Health Organization (WHO), Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET- UK)...