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Grace Le

MA Oxf, MA

Programme Manager & Executive Assistant to Professor Chris Lavy

I am the programme manager for COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL) and the Africa Clubfoot Training (ACT) project, which are two Health Partnership Scheme projects that link the Nuffield Department for Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford with health professionals and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. These projects are funded by the UK Department for International Development.

COOL is a multi-country programme in partnership with the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), which has ten member countries. I organise orthopaedic surgical training courses in the COSECSA countries delivered by volunteer UK surgeons (including many from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre) and local faculty, clinical fellowships in paediatric orthopaedics for local surgical trainees at specialist children’s hospitals in the region,  basic trauma management courses to train more local health workers in the management of serious injuries, and related research and evaluation projects.

The ACT project links our department with CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital, CURE Clubfoot Africa programme and Global Clubfoot Initiative to develop and pilot standardised clubfoot provider training materials and instructor training materials for use in sub-Saharan Africa. As the project manager, I work with NHS and overseas volunteers to develop educational materials, organise training courses and build institutional partnerships.

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