Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research

, Volume 466, Issue 10, pp 2438–2442

Nongovernmental Organizations in Musculoskeletal Care: Orthopaedics Overseas

Symposium: ABJS/C.T. Brighton Workshop on Trauma in the Developing World

DOI: 10.1007/s11999-008-0412-3

Cite this article as:
Coughlin, R.R., Kelly, N.A. & Berry, W. Clin Orthop Relat Res (2008) 466: 2438. doi:10.1007/s11999-008-0412-3


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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© The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Richard Coughlin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nancy A. Kelly
    • 3
  • Wil Berry
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgerySan Francisco General HospitalSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Health Volunteers OverseasWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Global Orthopaedics and TraumatologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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