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Oxford University Global Surgery Group

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Activities by OUGSG members:


Here is a snapshot of some of the various activities that OUGSG members have been involved with (in addition to our regular  seminars, undergraduate teaching, and academic foundation doctors programme).

December 2020

We have restarted our OUGSG weekly project updates on Thursday mornings, please contact for more information.

Profesor Kokila Lakhoo spoke at the Global Children's NCDs “Global health: A lasting partnership in paediatric surgery” on 5th December 5th 2020.

Some of our faculty have been external examiners for the COSECSA MCS exams December 2021 that have been transferred online.

November 2020

Prof Chris Lavy has given a interview for the Surge Ahead series run by Surg-Africa project. Here is the video link.

Prof Kokila Lakhoo spoke on RCS Edinburgh's podcast on Paediatric Global Surgery on 20 November 2020, link to podcast here.

The revised 2nd edition of 'Pediatric Surgery A Comprehensive Textbook for Africa'  has been released, co-edited by Prof Kokila Lakhoo.

OUGSG presented at Oxford Surgical Grand Rounds on 13 November 2020 with guest speaker Prof G.I. Muguti, 'Impact of COVID-19 on Surgical Services and Training in Africa' and Dr Khundkar & Dr Bandyopadhyay, 'Infection and mortality of healthcare workers worldwide from COVID-19'.

Dr Zineb Bentounsi chaired a session on Surg-Africa project and surgical care in district hospitals on 15 November 2020 at the Incision global surgery conference 2020, with Prof Chris Lavy as a panellist, 

Prof Kokila Lakhoo spoke at UCL Students Union on 'Global Surgery - A Guide for Students' on 2 November. 

October 2020

OUGSG presented at the 'Research in Focus' seminar series at The Global Health Network, with Prof Kokila Lakhoo and Dr Anita Makins speaking. Link to video here.

Dennis Mazingi spoke on 'Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Children's Surgery in Africa'at the PAPSA online conference 9-10 October 2020.

Dr Hilary Edgcombe has co-edited a new book 'Global Anaesthesia' as part of the series Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Anaesthesia. More info here

September 2020

OUGSG hosted a free webinar on 18 September on 'Surgical Priorities in a Global Pandemic'. You can watch the videos here.

August 2020

Dr Anita Makins has been involved in advocacy work with FIGO on women's access to postpartum family planning during Covid-19. Find out a project update here.

Riana Patel, one of our former Academic Foundation Programme members, has created a new podcast 'Global Scalpels' - find out more here.

July 2020

Listen to Zineb Bentounsi (advocacy) and Anant Jani (healthcare economics) give talks on the new Global Scalpels podcast series

Zineb Bentounsi interviews Dr Julio Mayol and Dr Dominique Vervoort on global surgery and social media for SURGE AHEAD - watch on YouTube here:

Chris Lavy and Grace Le have been awarded a THET/J&J Africa Grants Programme grant for a project on developing training for walking children with delayed presenting clubfoot.

June 2020

Dr Anita Makins spoke at a FIGO webinar series on Global perspectives on the cost effectiveness of Post Partum Family Planning - catch up here:

OUGSG authors collaborate on 'Infection and mortality of healthcare workers worldwide from COVID-19: a scoping review' - under peer review

'Improving global surgery education for trainees' (co-authored by OUGSG team) discussed in Global Surgery Journal Club (@GlobalSurgeryJC)

Publication: 'Exploring the Impact of #COVID19 on Progress Towards Achieving Global Surgery Goals'

May 2020

Incision UK Students interview with Kokila Lakhoo

April 2020

Noel Peter successfully campaigned for a 1 minute silence on 28 April 2020 across the UK to remember NHS and key workers who have been affected by Covid-19. Watch video here.

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 Global Health. Read article here.

Anita Makins has been participating in FIGO webinars to support women's health during the coronavirus pandemic. See the FIGO resources here

Chris Lavy and Grace Le are working with 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.

We have collated useful weblinks related to coronavirus guidance, research, information, and resources on a new page here.

March 2020

A team from OUGSG visited the paediatric unit at Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania (Prof Kokila Lakhoo, paediatric surgeon, Roba Khundkar, Plastic Surgeon, Fungai Dengu, Senior Surgical, Trainee, Josephine Powell, Senior Neonatal Nurse; Riana Patel: Surgical Trainee and researcher; Evie Thangaraj, Medical Officer; and Harry Jackson-Smith, medical student). Read more here.

OUGSG and OxPal hosted a joint journal club discussion on 'Medical Education in Palestine'

February 2020

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.

Welcome to our current cohort of Special Study Module in Global Surgery Oxford medical students!

Jim Turner led a clubfoot teaching course at Era’s Medical College & Hospital, Era University, Lucknow, India. 

January 2020

Professor Kokila Lakhoo, chair of the Global Initiative on Children's Surgery co-hosted the fourth GICS conference in Cape Town 17-19 January 2020.

Dr Hilary Edgcombe presented a paper on anaesthesia training in low and middle-income countries at the GASOC Journal Club.

Prof Chris Lavy visited the Bulawayo Children's Orthopaedic Hospital, due to open later in 2020.

December 2019

Professor Kokila Lakhoo, Mr Noel Peter and Miss Roba Khundkar were external examiners for the COSECSA membership and fellowship exams in Kampala.

Grace Le and Dr Zineb Bentounsi attended the COSECSA Scientifc Conference to present on SURG-Africa project, and present a Women in Surgery Africa travel grant on behalf of NDORMS, and attend the Orthopaedic Research Collaboration in Africa (ORCA) meetings. Read the blog here.

November 2019

Dr Hilary Edgcombe ran the Anaesthesia in Developing Countries training course.

Dr Anita Makins represented FIGO at the ICPD25 conference on maternal and newborn health.

We held a joint Global Surgery event with OxSCAR with Dr Tariq Parker speaking on access to surgery in Jamaica.

October 2019

We're celebrating #WorldAnaesthesiaDay - 16 October 2019 - read a blog for GASOC by Dr Joseph Niyitegeka here, and find out about the Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course led by Dr Hilary Edgcombe here

Kokila Lakhoo spoke at the Houston Global Health Collaborative Round Table and Texas Children's Grand Round in Houston

September 2019

We held the second Oxford Global Surgery Course 9-13 September at Green Templeton College with 33 students.

We supported the GASOC conference in Leeds on 14 September.

August 2019

Grace Le presented on behalf of the SURG-Africa project at World Congress of Surgery 2019 in Krakow, Poland.


June 2019

Chris Lavy was awarded the Arthur Eyre-Brooke Medal 2019 at the World Orthopaedic Concern annual meeting in Glasgow for 'outstanding orthopaedic work in low and middle income countries'.

Roba Khundkar represented OUGSG at the Bethune Round Table conference in 2019 in Edmonton on 'Ethics in Global Surgery'. 


May 2019:

Anita Makins and Katy Newell-Jones spoke on FGM at the Oxford Surgical Grand Rounds, 31 May 2019.

Chris Lavy spoke at the Royal College of Surgeons meeting on 'Improving Access to Safe Surgery: An Irish-African Research Partnership' in celebration of Africa Day

Kokila Lakhoo spoke at the 72nd WHA Side Event on 23 May 2019, 'Accelerating progress towards surgical equity in Universal Health Coverage through scaling up children’s surgical services and eliminating Neglected Surgical Diseases (NSDs) by 2030' in Geneva.

Kokila Lakhoo was a panellist for the Green Templeton College Human Welfare Conference 2019 for the session on 'What kinds of innovation will drive future improvements in health?' 

Roba Khundkar spoke at the Oxford Global Health Group Annual Careers Fair, 14 May 2019

Chris Lavy spoke at the Oxford Electives Conference 11 May 2019

Roba Khundkar was faculty for a reconstructive surgical training programme at UTH Lusaka with COSECSA and 2nd Chance

Duncan Whitwell, Max Gibbons and David Pigott were visiting faculty for a musculoskeletal tumour surgical training course at UTH Lusaka 

Jim Turner was faculty for a clubfoot course in Myanmar with ICRC.


April 2019:

Kokila Lakhoo spoke at the South African Global Surgery Society and was awarded the Carnegie-Wits Alumni Diaspora Fellowship and Honorary Professorship 

Applications have opened for the Oxford Global Surgery Course, 9-13 September 2019

Emery Manirambona presented a poster at the Incision Global Surgery Symposium (IGSS2019), Kigali, Rwanda from 20-21st April 2019 on behalf of OxPLORE (Oxford Paediatrics Linking Oncology Research with Electives). 

We hosted our third group of Special Study Module students in Global Surgery this year.

Article by Osaid Alser and Roba Khundkar for The Oxford Student: 'A Look Into Oxford University Global Surgery Group'


March 2019:

We held our termly OUGSG meeting at Osler House, with Bex Inglis, Tony Jefferis and Shakira Morar as guest speakers 

Sharaf Sheik-Ali, one of our AFP doctors, presented a poster on "The Healthcare Determinants of Accessibility to CTEV Treatment: A Global Observational Study" at the Associations of Surgeons in Training conference in Belfast

Chris Lavy and Grace Le helped to run a SURG-Africa participatory action research workshop in Malawi 

Tim Goodacre went on a mentoring trip to CoRSU hospital in Uganda

OUGSG presented at Oxford Surgical Grand Rounds with Sarah Kessler and Shafi Ahmed as guest speakers

We co-hosted Bethune Round Table online meeting on Building an ethical framework to guide the practice of global surgery


February 2019:

Chris Lavy visited the site of the new Bulawayo Children's Hospital, Zimbabwe which is under construction

We co-hosted GASOC Journal Club

The UK version of the Africa Clubfoot Training materials (developed by members of the team) were accredited by RCS England


January 2019:

Jim Turner ran a clubfoot training course delivered in Iraq in conjunction with ICRC.

Some of our Oxford Global Surgery Course faculty, Tahmina Banu, Nobhojit Roy and Kokila Lakhoo, helped to promote research at Chittagong Medical College (CMC) in Bangladesh amongst young medical professionals. Full story here.


December 2018

OUGSG members attended the COSECSA  AGM and Scientific conference, Kigali, Rwanda, with Noel Peter and Kokila Lakhoo assisting as FCS examiners.


November 2018

Hilary Edgcombe ran the annual Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course in Uganda

Kokila Lakhoo, Roba Khundkar, and Riana Patel went on a children's surgery and plastic surgery training & research visit to KCMC, Arusha, and Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam

Noel Peter represented OUGSG at the World Orthopaedic Concern meeting at BOTA 2018.

Chris Lavy and Roba Khundkar represent OUGSG at the Oxford Global Health Group 2018 conference.

Kokila Lakhoo was faculty for the Hugh Greenwood BAPS Neonatal Skills course at the Pan African Paediatric Surgeons Association Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


October 2018

Chris Lavy and Grace Le led a SURG-Africa participatory action research workshop held in Livingstone Zambia on surgery in district hospitals


September 2018

OUGSG ran the first Oxford Global Surgery Course at Green Templeton College in connection with the GASOC Annual Conference 2018. Many of our undergraduates taking the Global Surgery special study module presented posters - you can view them here.

Blog by Sergio Navarro for Said Business School: 'Beginning the MBA journey: Lessons on Global Surgery' 

Chris Lavy spoke on global health partnerships at the THET Annual Conference


July 2018

Chris Lavy highlighted the value of global health partnerships in DFID video to celebrate the NHS at 70.


June 2018

OUGSG presented at Surgical Grand Rounds

We had a stand at the RCS England Global Surgical Frontiers conference, and Max Denning won the poster prize (view poster here).


May 2018

Clubfoot training course in Erbil, Iraq, delivered by Jim Turner in connection with ICRC

Kokila Lakhoo and Jim Turner taught on a RCS England children's surgery training course in India 


April 2018

We co-hosted the GASOC Journal Club.

Anita Makins spoke at the annual FIGO conference.

Chris Lavy spoke on global surgery to trainees at the annual ASiT conference.


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