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World Health Organization, Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC)
Surgical Safety and Pulse Oximetry.
World Health Organization Violence and Injury Prevention
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has created guidelines for International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, incorporating and elaborating upon the core components of the Safe Anaesthesia part of the 2008 World Health Organization's World Alliance for Patient Safety "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" global initiative. These WFSA standards are intended to provide guidance and assistance to anaesthesia professionals, their professional societies, hospital and facility administrators, and governments for improving and maintaining the quality and safety of anaesthesia care.
Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence Today (ASAP Today)
ASAP Today, formerly the Global Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group, is comprised of surgeons, anesthesiologists, public health scholars, economists and others interested in better defining the role of surgery in global public health. Areas of focus include defining and assessing the global burden of surgical disease, evaluating barriers to access and delivery of surgery in low-resource settings, improving data collection in low- and middle-income countries, exploring effective coverage for surgical and perioperative services, and advocating for sustainable support of global surgical programs. The website includes a comprehensive bibliography on the subject as well as links to presentations delivered at its annual meetings.
The Society of International Humanitarian Surgeons (SIHS) is a New York City based non-profit effort to improve surgical care in resource-poor environments by supporting hospitals and surgical programs with staffing and training. In addition, SIHS is involved in the assessment of the burden of surgical disease.
Brigham and Women's Hospital Surgery and Public Health Initiative
Global Health Delivery Project
Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS) is a collaborative effort of faculty, residents, and students in the Departments of Surgery and Anesthesia, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Through mutually beneficial partnerships with universities and other organizations in low income countries, GPAS aims to develop and implement strategies to reduce the global burden of surgical disease and to improve the quality of perioperative care. Projects include workforce expansion and training, health systems development, faculty and trainee exchanges, and collaborative research projects.
The Council on Surgical & Perioperative Safety is a multidisciplinary coalition of professional organizations whose members are involved in the care of surgical patients. Its mission and vision are to promote and create a culture of patient safety and a caring perioperative workplace environment for all members of the surgical team. The Council's goals include providing opportunities for dialog, joint education, and coordinated advocacy efforts.
The Bellagio Essential Surgery Group (BESG) is committed to raising international awareness to increase access to surgical services in resource constrained settings in sub-Saharan Africa. Through cross-country collaborations, it works in partnership with governments and agencies committed to addressing the surgical burden of disease. The BESG aims to increase access to essential surgical services by advocating for the integration of surgery into health systems; networking surgical providers, public health practitioners, policy makers and researchers; and promoting the development of projects, training programs and priority research.
The Humanitarian Academy at Harvard is dedicated to educating and training current and future generations of humanitarian leaders in the areas of human rights, disaster response, humanitarian service delivery, crisis leadership, and other dimensions of humanitarian studies. Courses and programs are available for both students (graduate/undergraduate) and humanitarian professionals.
The Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training
Program (GCSRT) is a one-year program of blended learning that is
intended for clinicians and clinician-scientists who desire rigorous
training in the methods and conduct of clinical research. The program is comprised of three in-person workshops in both London and Boston that are combined with 56 online lectures and 24 webinars that cover biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, surveys, and drug development, regulation, and leadership.
The Ptolemy Project provides free full-text access to the University of Toronto's electronic library to 300 surgeons in east Africa and assesses how they use the information received, with the ultimate goal of training a group of surgical educators for the east African region.
Unite For Sight's Global Health University (GHU) is designed to develop and nurture the next generation of global health leaders. GHU helps to effect widespread innovative change in global health through comprehensive training workshops and webinars, a Global Health Certificate Program, fellowship and internship opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, and online courses which are freely available to the public. The Global Health Certificate program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding about successful global health and social entrepreneurship practices. Another offering, the Online Global Health Course, discusses the importance of best practices to effect widespread, fundamental change in global health, and raises awareness and understanding that "worst practice" principles that are often employed by some organizations can do significant harm.
University of British Columbia Online Global Surgical Care Courses
The Branch for International Surgery, within the surgery-related departments of the University of British Columbia, offers several online graduate courses.
SURG 510: Surgical Care in International Health covers topics such as the global burden of surgical disease and disability, global maternal mortality, surgical care education in global low-resource settings, and the role of surgical care professionals as advocates in international health. The intended audiences for this course are graduate level students, postgraduate trainees, and surgeons or surgery-related health practitioners; non-medical graduate students or others may register with permission from the instructor.
SURG 512: Global Disability: A Surgical Care Mandate explores the relationship of
The Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship is a one- or two-year program designed to study the role of surgical care in population-based health care in resource-poor settings. The program is open to surgeons who have completed residency or surgical residents who are taking a scheduled break in residency to conduct research. Interested fellows may incorporate an optional Masters of Public Health degree during their fellowship through the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Global Health Course: Clinical Tropical, Migrant and Travel Medicine
Professionals' Training in Global Health (PTGH) offers training to physicians, nurses, NPs, and PAs with an active Oregon medical license who wish to volunteer for medical work overseas, including disaster relief, in low income countries. The PTGH program updates physicians' clinical skills in primary care (family medicine, emergency medicine and obstetrics), and provides courses in public health, infectious disease, tropical medicine and related fields pertinent to overseas work. The didactic program is presented at OHSU with clinical rotations at free medical clinics in the Portland metropolitan area. The training is intensive, all day Thursdays and Fridays, for ten weeks from Thursday September 9 to Friday November 19, 2010, with the exception of the week of October 11 when there are no classes. A Certificate of Global Health will be awarded by the OHSU Global Health Center upon completion of the training. For more information, please see this April 23, 2009 Portland Tribune news article, Re-learning Medicine for Another World.
University of Utah Center for Global Surgery
MEASURE Evaluation is the USAID Global Health Bureau's primary vehicle for supporting improvements in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition worldwide. It helps to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for health decision making. Through training workshops, master's degree programs, and partnerships, MEASURE Evaluation works to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) skills and technical capacity of individuals and organizations.
The Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) is a one-year joint degree offered by the Friedman School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The program is geared toward mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance. The program’s mission is to offer an academic setting where professionals can develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social development as they relate to humanitarian action in complex emergencies and other disasters.
The Global Health Network is a collection of websites built by professional communities with the aim of supporting research in their specific fields by sharing knowledge and methods. Each subject-specific website allows researchers
from these fields to connect, collaborate, develop documents, share resources, and
exchange information in open forums, as well as build project groups to work on joint activities in closed work spaces. Global health communities include: Enterics Research,
This series of cases introduces trainees and others involved in global health research and service to ethical issues that may arise during short-term training experiences abroad. Being able to recognize and navigate these issues is critical for avoiding harm to communities as well as facilitating a long-term, productive collaboration for the betterment of global health.
Research Funding Opportunities
In 1999, a program on humanitarian crises and human rights was established at Harvard. In March 2009, the third meeting of the Humanitarian Action Summit will expand its focus to include a discussion of the surgical burden of disease in addition to examinations of protection of civilians in armed conflict, information and data management, human resources development, mental health, and sector collaboration and collective action. The Summit is a multi-sector collaboration that brings together leaders in education, law, business, policy, human rights, and medicine to share their expertise and lead the discussion on these critical components of international crises.click here
BMC Health Services Research, 2008, Volume 8, Article 121
This article describes a potential tool for evaluating the quality of care of short-term medical missions.