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Oxford University Global Surgery Group

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Dr Birhanu Ayana from Black Lion Hospital teaching how to examine a child with clubfoot.© Linda Hansen

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Research weekly Updates

**We have paused our usual weekly project update meetings during the current pandemic, and hope to resume as soon as we can.**    

Current projects

Some of the projects that OUGSG members are involved in include:

Current studies related to the coronavirus pandemic

  • We are part of the CovidTrauma study team (Orthopaedic Research in Africa) on a prospective study on the impact of Covid-19 on orthopaedic trauma services in Africa. Find out more here
  • Infection and mortality rate of healthcare workers worldwide from Covid-19

Paediatric Surgery Projects

  • Piloting newly designed Perioperative checklist (Oxford Tanzania Link)
  • Harnessing medical student power in global surgery research (Oxplore: Oxford Medical Students Department of Paediatric Surgery and Global Paediatric Surgery)
  • Tanzanian Tumour Project: a pilot investigating surgery-associated morbidity and mortality in children with intra-abdominal solid tumours . (Oxford Tanzania Collaboration) 
  • Quality Improvement Project with medical officers (Oxford- Lilongwe Malawi Collaboration)
  • Carnegie Fellowship: Developing Research Hub in Paediatric Surgery (Oxford – Johannesburg, South Africa collaboration)

  • South to South Training (Oxford- Africa project) Soft funding to train paediatric surgeons from Africa in training hubs in Africa
  • Hub and spoke multi-disciplinary training of rural teams in India in children’s surgery

Recent Publications

Kokila Lakhoo and Godfrey Sama's paper on 'Lessons from developing, implementing and sustaining a participatory partnership for children’s surgical care in Tanzania' was published in BMJ. Read article here. (April 2020)

Roba Khundkar et al. 'Global trends of hand and wrist trauma: a systematic analysis of fracture and digit amputation using the Global Burden of Disease 2017 Study' in BMJ Injury Prevention. Read the paper here.

See more of our publications  here.

communicating our research

Our work has been presented at these conferences and events:

  • Roba Khundkar presented a OUGSG poster by Harry Jackson-Smith on 'Tissue Sarcoma in East, Central and Southern Africa, a Systematic Review' at the British Sarcoma Group meeting in Glasgow in March 2020.
  • Grace Le presented on behalf of SURG-Africa at the COSECSA Conference, Kampala, December 2019, and World Congress of Surgery, Poland, August 2019 (Read the blog here).
  • Our students presented their posters at the GASOC 2018 Conference, Oxford, September 2018. See their posters here.
  • RCS Global Surgical Frontiers, London, on 15 June 2018. 'Indirect Methods for Measuring Surgical Quality in Africa: A Systematic Review' Max Denning, Hannah Palacci, Charlotte Pallett, Joanna Klaptocz & Chris Lavy. (Winning poster prize)


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