Lavy Group | Global Surgery
We are deeply involved in research, teaching and training to strengthen surgical care and training capacity in Africa.
The NDORMS Lavy Global Surgery group is part of the Oxford University Global Surgery Group, an interdepartmental group of the Medical Sciences Division for clinicians in surgery, anaesthesia, obstetrics and gynaecology with an interest in global surgical issues. We usually meet weekly on Thursdays at the John Radcliffe Hospital - find out more at www.globalsurgery.ox.ac.uk .
Some of our Global Surgery research and training projects specifically linked to NDORMS are highlighted below:
SURG-AFRICA is an EC-funded project 2017-2020 into scaling up safe surgery in district hospitals, making it accessible to otherwise neglected rural populations in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. Find our videos, news and publications here: surgafrica.eu.
We are helping to improve treatment for children born with clubfoot in Africa by improving training capacity for clubfoot instructors and treatment providers in Africa. In 2015-2017 we led the Africa Clubfoot Training project, initially funded by DFID and THET through the Health Partnership Scheme, and further supported through a clubfoot crowdfunding campaign with OxReach. In 2020 we were awarded a further grant from the THET Africa Grants Programme to develop training for treatment of older children with delayed presenting clubfoot. We are also involved with different aspects of clubfoot research - find out more here.
We run Global Musculoskeletal, a community on The Global Health Network, to support and encourage research into musculoskeletal health in resource-limited settings through networks, resources and topical discussions.
Prof Chris Lavy was a Commissioner for The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery which is working towards "universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care when needed" by 2030. You can find the report, policy briefs, and news on implementation here.
Prof Chris Lavy is helping to set up a new children's orthopaedic unit in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, working with local organisation, Zimbabwe Orthopaedic Trust, and Partners in Medical Care in the UK.
We partnered with COSECSA (the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa) to set up the COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL) programme 2012-2017 to improve care for trauma and musculoskeletal impairment in Africa through trauma training, orthopaedic surgical training courses, orthopaedic fellowships, and research into aspects of tropical orthopaedics. This programme has led to ongoing health partnerships within the region, including the emerging Orthopaedic Research Collaboration in Africa (ORCA) which is running the Covid Trauma study.
The COOL programme was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) Health Partnership Scheme and Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and directed by Prof Chris Lavy and Prof Hemant Pandit and managed by Grace Drury. Our COOL publications are here.
Our newest emerging area of research is into treatments that could improve the recovery rate from spinal cord injuries. To donate towards this research, please visit our online giving page on Oxford Thinking.