AO Alliance and AO Spine collaborate for better spinal care in Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Over 5 million people die from injuries in the world every year. And 90% of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
15 October 2019
Faculty at the AO Alliance Spine Principles Course, Nairobi, Kenya
The numbers are even more staggering if one looks at those that survive with disabilities. Seventy-five percent of these disabilities are related to musculoskeletal and spinal impairments.
AO Alliance and AO Spine collaborated to deliver the first AO Alliance Spine Principles Course in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is great need for caring for spinal trauma in less fortunate countries.
With the input and support of both AO Spine Europe and Southern Africa, Middle East and Northern African Boards, Regional and National Faculty, 48 participants in both countries were able to improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes in managing common spine injuries and infections.
Regional Course Chair Norman Fisher-Jeffes from South Africa, National Course Chair Valentine Mandizvidza, as well as Regional Faculty Brian Sonkwe, Zambia, John Oma and Shahzad Khan from South Africa all contributed to this new collaboration in Zimbabwe.
In Nairobi, Regional Course Chair Mohammad El-Sharkawi from Egypt, National Course Co-Chairs Mustafa Khanbhai and Elijah Muteti, as well as Regional Faculty Alex van der Horst from Namibia, (AO Alliance Task Force member) and Atiq Uz Zaman, from Pakistan all contributed to this new collaboration in Kenya.
Zimbabwe and Kenya have many upcoming spine surgeons in need of proper guidance and training opportunities. These course are a stepping-stone to develop and encourage many to continue in their professional development and also to improve the care of those who sustain spinal trauma in the developing world.
AO Alliance and AO Spine are working on how best to spread this educational event in other Sub-Saharan African countries for 2020 and 2021.