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AO Alliance works in low- and middle-income countries with high numbers of reported injuries and insufficient healthcare resources to address treatment of orthopedic injuries. In its initial phase, we are focusing on five targets for country-based initiatives within Africa and Asia:  Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and Nepal.

Our first country-based initiative in Malawi, successfully launched in 2015, takes on a five-year program to address the pressing issues of trauma care through education, clinical research, infrastructure development, and fellowships.

We have also extended our outreach to many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia through our Fracture Solutions Project (FSP). The FSP curriculum is accessible to

The FSP ESA is available in 12 countries, FSP FSA in 13 countries, and FSP Asia in 10 countries. Each FSP curriculum is specifically tailored to each region, providing healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to optimize fracture care.

Our Key Country-Based Initiatives

Countries

Malawi

Our goal in Malawi is to increase the number of orthopedic surgeons from 9 to 18 by 2020 and equip all district hospitals with trained orthopedic clinical officers.

We run clinical research to collect data on injuries in two district and two central hospitals. The results will determine the care needed, and help shape national health policies. Two new operating rooms built at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital are increasing the number of injured patients that can be treated surgically.

Ethiopia

Our priority in Ethiopia is to train first and second year trauma and orthopedic residents and ORPs.

With Australian Doctors for Africa, we provide courses in basic orthopedic trauma principles and surgical skills at the Black Lion Hospital (BLH) in Addis Ababa. We also set up a detachment center for residents from the BLH teaching program to rotate at the Hawassa University Referral Hospital. Our reverse fellowship program in Hawassa offers mentorship support to young surgeons.

Ghana

The Ghana Country Initiative aims to develop two trauma and orthopedic (T&O) residency centers to increase training capacity and quality via increased access to fracture care education and foster best practice clinical research for surgeons.

AO Alliance is also working with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons to improve fracture care for children. The project teaches parents and caregivers trauma prevention strategies and provides fracture care education for medical providers.

Myanmar

In addition to the Asia Fracture Solutions Project to cultivate an excellent understanding of fracture care and educational expertise, the National Trauma Care Plan for Myanmar brings together stakeholders in the country to identify potential strategies for the future development of trauma care and injury prevention. It captures policy directions and oversees the core system-wide development required to ensure upgraded trauma care.

Nepal

The National Trauma Care Plan for Nepal brought together stakeholders in the country to identify potential strategies for the future development of trauma care and injury prevention. It captures policy directions and oversees the core system-wide development required to ensure upgraded trauma care.

Cambodia

This initiative brings tangible return-to-function benefit to Cambodia and establishes AO Alliance as the leader in nonoperative and operative fracture care education in the country.

As an integral part of this initiative, a faculty development initiative cultivates regional faculty with an excellent understanding of fracture management and the educational expertise needed to advance fracture care in the country.

Laos

This initiative brings tangible return-to-function benefit to Laos and establishes AO Alliance as the leader in nonoperative and operative fracture care education in the country.

As an integral part of this initiative, a faculty development initiative cultivates regional faculty with an excellent understanding of fracture management and the educational expertise needed to advance fracture care in the country.

Vietnam

This initiative brings tangible return-to-function benefit to Vietnam and establishes AO Alliance as the leader in nonoperative and operative fracture care education in the country.

As an integral part of this initiative, a faculty development initiative cultivates regional faculty with an excellent understanding of fracture management and the educational expertise needed to advance fracture care in the country.

Bangladesh

This initiative brings tangible return-to-function benefit to Bangladesh and establishes AO Alliance as the leader in nonoperative and operative fracture care education in the country.

As an integral part of this initiative, a faculty development initiative cultivates regional faculty with an excellent understanding of fracture management and the educational expertise needed to advance fracture care in the country.

In addition, we collaborated with Sesame Workshop on a 24-month program “Play Safe with Sisimpur”, focusing on educating children to prevent childhood accidents and injuries.

Sri Lanka

This initiative will bring tangible return-to-function benefit to Sri Lanka and will establish AO Alliance as the leader in nonoperative and operative fracture care education in the country.

As an integral part of this initiative, a faculty development initiative will cultivate regional faculty with an excellent understanding of fracture management and the educational expertise needed to advance fracture care in the country.

China

In Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in southwest China, the treatment of fractures is often subpar and complication rates are high. Many fracture patients are unable to afford operative treatment and surgeons often lack adequate education on conservative, nonoperative options.

We launched our education program in the poor provinces of China and continue to work in partnership with the Clinical Divisions of the AO Foundation to improve educational standards in trauma care in low-resource setting.

India

Operating Room Personnel (ORP) courses have been introduced in various poor provinces around India, providing essential training in sterile operative care and operative fracture management. Through these courses, our trained ORPs support the principal public operative centers in which AO Alliance is active.

Solomon Islands

We are supporting the education activities of the Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association (PIOA) in the Solomon Islands. PIOA is training general surgeons to provide basic orthopedic trauma care in the islands of the South Pacific. Countries covered are Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu.

Full Country list

Africa

English-speaking countries: Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
French-speaking countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Niger, Senegal, Togo

Asia

Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

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