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We are deeply involved in research, teaching and training to strengthen surgical care and training capacity in Africa.

Surgical training course at AIC-CURE Kijabe Hospital


We are 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 meet weekly on Thursdays at the John Radcliffe Hospital - find out more at 


Some of our Global Surgery research and training projects specifically linked to NDORMS are highlighted below:


SURG-AFRICA is an EC-funded project into scaling up safe surgery in district hospitals, making it accessible to otherwise neglected rural populations in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia (


COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic link (COOL)

We have partnered with COSECSA (the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa) since 2012,  to set up the COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL) programme to improve care for trauma and musculoskeletal impairment in Africa through trauma trainingorthopaedic surgical training coursesorthopaedic fellowships, and research into aspects of tropical orthopaedics.

The programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) Health Partnership Scheme and Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and is directed by Prof Chris Lavy and Prof Hemant Pandit and managed by Grace Le


Africa Clubfoot training project

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 through the Africa Clubfoot Training project. Our work was initially funded by DFID and THET through the Health Partnership Scheme, and further supported through a clubfoot crowdfunding campaign with OxReach.


Global musculoskeletal health research

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.  


lancet commission on global surgery

Prof Chris Lavy is 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.


Bulawayo Orthopaedic hospital, Zimbabwe

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. More details to follow.


global spinal injury fund

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.


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