Nongovernmental Organizations in Musculoskeletal Care: Orthopaedics Overseas
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Injuries are a major worldwide contributor to morbidity and mortality. The negative impact caused by such injuries is disproportionately heavy in developing countries. Such disparities are caused by a complex array of problems, including a lack of physical resources, poor infrastructure, and a shortage of trained health professionals. Overcoming such deficits in care will require the involvement of organizations that can offer broad-based solutions. These organizations must bridge the gap between private and public institutions to establish a systems-based approach to program development and institution-building. They must provide not just an adequate level of care, but a transfer of knowledge that leads to sustainable and cost-effective intervention. Orthopedics Overseas is an example of such an organization. We examine the development of Orthopedics Overseas and describe their interventions in Uganda as a case-study to show the unique position they have to affect change.
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Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
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- 1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA
- 2. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Portero Avenue, #3A36, San Francisco, CA, 92110, USA
- 3. Health Volunteers Overseas, Washington, DC, USA
- 4. Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA