Global Health Involvement
Uganda Pediatric Surgery Camp
Report from the 2016 Uganda Pediatric Surgery Camp - this year’s camp was a heartwarming success. Our work wouldn’t be possible without all the generous support of our donors, colleagues, friends who are so committed to the provision of high-quality surgical care for Ugandan children.
The Pediatric Surgery Camp has had a long-standing partnership between the Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation and Makerere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Led by Dr. Geoffrey Blair from BC Children’s Hospital and Dr. Doreen Birabwa-Male, the Deputy Director of Mulago Hospital, the camps are held every two years, with an interdisciplinary team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses who support our Ugandan counterparts for two weeks of specialized surgical care for Ugandan children most in need.
The March 2013 Pediatric Surgery Camp is excited to expand to include a Pediatric Urology component. The additional of team members from the Swedish Medical Centre and Sick Kids Hospital will expand both the educational expertise of the group and will benefit many Uganda pediatric patients unable currently unable to receive necessary treatments.
Pulse Oximeter for Low Resource Regions
Pulse oximetry has been a standard a care in the developed world for nearly two decades. Recent standards published by the World Health Organization, list the pulse oximeter as an essential device for patient safety in the operating room. The reality is that many surgeries are performed in operating rooms in many parts of the world without this devise.
Dr. Mark Ansermino from the Department of Pediatric Anesthesia is currently working to develop a low cost pulse oximeter, which easily connects to mobile phones and displays relevant information for use in low resource areas of the world. This breakthrough technology is to be piloted in Uganda in 2010.
Resident Training – Uganda
The University of British Columbia's Division of Otolaryngology and the Department of Anesthesia, Therapeutics and Pharmacology supported two outstanding residents from Makerere University in Uganda for three month training electives.
Dr. Emily Kakande is in her final year of residency training in Uganda, specializing in Otolaryngology. During her time at UBC, Emily has had the opportunity to train at BC Children's Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital under some of the leading experts in the field. Dr. Kakande has also undertook research on the link between autism and hearing loss.