Role of North-South Partnership in Trauma Management: Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program

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Uganda, as do many low–middle income countries, has an overwhelming volume of orthopaedic trauma injuries. The Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program (USTOP) is a partnership between the University of British Columbia, McMaster University and Makerere University that was initiated in 2007. The goal of the project is to reduce the disabilities that occur secondary to musculoskeletal trauma in Uganda. USTOP works with local collaborators to build orthopaedic trauma capacity through teaching, innovation, and research. USTOP has maintained a multidisciplinary approach to training, involving colleagues in anesthesia, nursing, rehabilitation, and sterile reprocessing. The project was initiated at the invitation of the Department of Orthopaedics at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala. The project is a collaboration between Canadian and Ugandan orthopaedic surgeons and is driven by the needs identified by the Ugandan surgeons. The program has also worked with collaborators to develop several technologies aimed at reducing the cost of providing orthopaedic care without compromising quality. As orthopaedic trauma capacity in Uganda advances, USTOP strives to continually evolve and provide relevant support to colleagues in Uganda to ensure that changes result in sustainable improvements in patient care.

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