Global Neurosurgery Committee

Global Neurosurgery 2019: A Practical Symposium

Please join us at the “Global Neurosurgery 2019: A Practical Symposium,” hosted by Weill Cornell Medical College in New York on the 18th and 19th of January 2019.

This symposium will bring together neurosurgeons and health policy leaders from around the world who are involved in the training and education of neurosurgeons in developing countries. These assembled leaders will review the current status of neurosurgery in developing countries and the neurosurgical support coming from North America and Europe, identify key factors for success in overcoming barriers for the development of sustainable global neurosurgery models, identify key failures, and identify ways for neurosurgery health care providers to get involved in a meaningful way.

There is significant limitation in education, training and access to neurosurgery on a global scale which results in unnecessary morbidity and mortality from neurosurgical conditions. This leads to a critical public health concern in many developing countries. The paucity of neurosurgical care in developing countries leads to significant morbidity and mortality. While most historical global health initiatives have focused on improving primary care outcomes and access, more recent efforts have focused on surgical access. Over the past 5 to 10 years, there has been an increase in multi-institutional collaborations focusing on the prevalence of neurosurgical conditions, current outcomes, and creating educational training programs that lead to sustainable change. The majority of this work is taking place in Haiti and Tanzania, and there is now published data to support the need and potential success of these programs. The rates of neurosurgical disorders in these locations has been found to be as high as 16%, with a mortality rate as high as 33%. Both the Tanzania and Haiti experiences demonstrated significant increase in number and success of neurosurgical cases.

While significant progress has been made, there are still barriers to more widespread access, incomplete assessment of the success of independent, locally-performed surgeries following these programs, and a need to define future directions and methods to broaden the scope of these initiatives. We therefore plan to draw upon the existing data and bring together the groups involved in prior and current initiatives to identify keys to success and strategic plans to collaborate and work through barriers to increase sustainable access to neurosurgery through local training to improve outcomes and global public health.

This symposium will consist of lectures imparting the existing experience and state of global health in neurosurgery, review of barriers, group interaction to develop strategic plans by region, review of funding opportunities and sources, closing with future directions and definition of metrics for success.

For more information on the symposium, please visit the website.

Published by aliyundajiwo1

Aspiring Neurosurgeon. Global Surgery Advocate.

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