AO Alliance plans for a safe return to face-to-face educational activities
Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam, local sanitary conditions permitting, will host the return of AO Alliance face-to-face activities with the Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Management Seminar on September 5-6, 2020.
The AO Alliance continues to work with local course organizers, Dr Hung Do Phuoc and Dr Nguyen Hieu, to deliver this seminar safely and in accordance with our high standards. Internationally renowned faculty from Europe and Asia will contribute via web-conferencing technology. Tony Clayson (UK), Henry Wynn Jones (UK), Pedro Caba (Spain), Matej Cimerman (Slovenia) and Ramesh Sen (India) have all committed to contribute to this world-class event.
As with so many of our educational events, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected most of our activities so far this year. Early on in March, a decision was made in the interest of the safety and well-being of all contributors to postpone all face-to-face courses. With the exception of this seminar, the postponement is currently still in effect until August 31, 2020.
As many countries are unveiling multi-stage approaches to execute responsible and strategic economic restart during this pandemic, the AO Alliance continues to monitor the evolution closely. Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are quite different in their COVID-19 situations.
The AO Alliance has crafted a three-tier response to the pandemic so as to pivot away from this extraordinary situation: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its network, short-term online educational modules and webinars, and a longer-term project involving a learning management system to create and offer inspired educational experiences for healthcare workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
We have been able to advance and adapt our online and educational offerings with national webinars on nonoperative fracture care in Bangladesh (English) and Nepal (Nepali), point-of-care clinical teaching modules for ORPs, sponsorships for advancement opportunities, as well as online learning modules for French-speaking Africa.
This new phase for the AO Alliance will position our non-profit organization as responsive and adaptable to emerging constraints in order to fulfill its mission of improving the care of the injured in LMICs.
Dr med Claude Martin jr.