Tailored solutions for improving the care of the injured
Injuries are vastly underestimated, killing 5 million annually. That is 32% more deaths than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Lack of resources
Appropriate facilities and care are limited due to a lack of resources and infrastructure.
For every death, there are 25 injury-related disabilities. They contribute to the huge socioeconomic burden in the community.
Lack of training
Local capacity building is crucial to overcome the lack of training hindering effective trauma care.
AO Alliance is a developmental nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care of the injured in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Our mission is to reduce human suffering, disability and poverty. We envision a world where timely and appropriate fracture care is accessible to everyone. This goal can be achieved by implementing innovative, sustainable and effective programs that enhance fracture care.
What we have accomplished
Some of the many things we have achieved in numbers
courses organized in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
surgeons and ORPs trained in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
fellowships sponsored in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe
Big ambitions for orthopedic surgery
How one doctor in Ethiopia is aiming to build a centre of excellence for fracture care
Dr. Ephrem Gebrehana’s ambition for Ethiopia’s Hawassa University Referral Hospital is clear: to be a centre of exellence for orthopedic surgery. And not just for the Hawassa region, or for Ethopia, but potentially for much of East Africa.
“When I arrived, there were no instruments, no clinic, no lab, not even an operating theatre,” Gebrehana recalls. “I knew we would need to build everything from scratch.”