Global Surgical Frontiers 2017

7th Global Surgical Frontiers Conference – Royal College of Surgeons, London, United Kingdom – April, 21st-22nd 2017
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Last week, InciSioN was present at the 7th edition of the Global Surgical Frontiers Conference, which took place at the Royal College of Surgeons in London (UK) on April 21st and 22nd. This year’s focus was on paediatric surgery as many surgical specialities deal with children and because most Lower- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) have a very young population. The speakers came from various backgrounds: surgeons and physicians from UK, Zimbabwe and Kenya, public health leaders, NGOs and charity representatives, researchers, trainees, etc. The attendance was an interesting mixture of medical students, trainees, surgeons and public health professionals. This variety of competencies brought many interesting experiences, questions and interactions.

InciSioN’s delegation was represented by its two coordinators (Zineb Bentounsi and Dominique Vervoort), two members of the Board of Trustees (Dr. Isobel Marks and Dr. Waruguru Wanjau), and Sara Venturini, member of the InciSioN international team (Research) and lead of the Medsin National Small Working Group on Global Surgery.

Zineb and Dominique facilitated a workshop themed “Healthcare Workers: Brain-Drain and Task-Shifting”, which was a great opportunity to interact with the participants and jointly brainstorm about potential solutions for a better distribution of healthcare workers worldwide, and were pleased to meet the CEO of Lifebox Foundation, Ms. Kris Torgeson, reinforcing the Lifebox-InciSioN collaboration.

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