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GICS surgical delegation contributes to international conference on birth defects and disabilities

Representatives of the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery (GICS), including Professor Kokila Lakhoo from Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG), were invited to discuss the surveillance, management and diagnosis of birth defects at the 2023 International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD). This followed two years of negotiations by Professor Lakhoo and Professor Tahmina Banu, GICS Chair-Elect.

Six African hospital teams receive training in children's surgery

Six African hospital teams from Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Malawi were recently invited to Vellore in India to train up as trainers for the Oxford-Vellore Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) Project, which is to be implemented in Africa.

OUGSG members lead paediatric surgery course at COSECSA conference

Professor Kokila Lakhoo and Mr Noel Peter of Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG), along with a team from the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS), ran a pre-conference paediatric surgery course at the 2022 COSECSA Scientific Conference.

Study shows pre-operative bathing with soap reduces surgical site infection in children

Publication Research

Preoperative bathing with soap significantly reduces surgical site infections (SSIs) in paediatric surgical patients, reveal researchers from Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science, and Muhimbili National Hospital.

Medical student paper accepted for publication in World Neurosurgery

Ryan Gidda, a graduate medical student at the University of Oxford, has had a paper accepted for publication in World Neurosurgery.

Literature review on global small bowel atresia awarded high grade

Graduate medical student Louisa Woolley has written a literature review 'Intestinal atresia in neonates across the globe' with the supervision of Professor Kokila Lakhoo from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group.

Study finds higher risk of all-cause mortality among paediatric cancer patients in LMICs during the pandemic

Publication Research

During the first nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, paediatric cancer patients from lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) faced a higher risk of all-cause mortality than those in high-income countries, according to an international study led by the Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG).

Total joint replacement training course in Zimbabwe a success

Professor Chris Lavy from Oxford University Global Surgery Group and Professor Hemant Pandit from the University of Leeds recently led a two-day total joint replacement training course in Harare, Zimbabwe, in partnership with Zimbabwe Orthopaedic Association.

Magdalena Chmura awarded ASiT WinS Equality & Diversity Prize

Awards and Appointments

Congratulations to Magdalena Chmura, fifth year medical student and OUGSG Student Rep, who has received the WinS Equality & Diversity Prize at the 2022 Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Annual Conference.

Oxford entrepreneur wins Young Innovators Award to develop non-invasive medical device to wean patients off ventilators quicker

Awards and Appointments

Former Oxford Global Insight Fellow Mihir Sheth has been announced as one of this year’s Innovate UK Young Innovators.

Oxford Global Surgery Course makes an impact

This year's Oxford Global Surgery Course has just ended, with great enthusiasm and involvement from participants and faculty alike. We were excited and challenged to provide a rich, interactive and enjoyable five-day course entirely online this year as a result of the pandemic.

What is the burden of paediatric traumatic brain injury in low- and middle-income countries?


A recent systematic review has found that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more likely to occur in the formative years of young male children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) - and this has implications for lifetime healthcare costs, as well as an increased risk of behavioural disorders.

New study investigates infection and mortality of healthcare workers worldwide from COVID-19

The Oxford University Global Surgery Group recently led the study ‘Infection and mortality of healthcare workers worldwide from COVID-19: a systematic review’.

Join the Oxford University Global Surgery Group weekly seminars

We have moved our weekly Thursday morning project updates online to Microsoft Teams, where Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) members share about current global surgery training and research projects, and ideas for collaboration.

OUGSG at FIGO Africa Regional Kigali Congress

The evening of 15 December 2020 marked the end of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics's (FIGO) first ever hybrid congress, and Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) contributed to the event by running several of the sessions.

Second edition paediatric surgery book recently published


The updated second edition of 'Pediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Africa', co-edited by Professor Kokila Lakhoo, has recently been published.

Oxford and Kenyan Teams Review Neonatal Analgesia


Dr Cian Wade and an Oxford team worked with Kenyan colleagues to bring together a large body of evidence, so this could inform generation of recommendations for Kenya on neonatal analgesic guidelines for routine procedures.

New handbook in global anaesthesia

The provision of anaesthesia in challenging environments is the subject of a new handbook edited by Hilary Edgcombe, a Consultant Anaesthetist from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG), Rachael Craven and Ben Gupta.

Professor Kokila Lakhoo interviewed by Incision UK


Professor Kokila Lakhoo, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Oxford University Global Surgery Group NDS faculty lead, has been interviewed by Incision UK.

Mr Noel Peter leads tribute to healthcare workers who lost their lives during COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus COVID-19

Mr Noel Peter, Oxford University Global Surgery Group member and Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics, led the UK in a minute’s silence on Tuesday 28 April 2020 to pay tribute to all the healthcare workers who have lost their lives fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Global Surgery Stories

Women as a driver to address gaps in the global surgical workforce

Isabella Busa, a medical student at the University of Oxford, shares her recently published article written with Dr Shobhana Nagraj as part of the Global Surgery Special Study Theme.

OUGSG members run OX5 for Oxford Children's Hospital

Two of our Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) members, Professor Chris Lavy and Dr Shobhana Nagraj, completed the OX5 Run on Sunday 20 March 2022 for the Children’s Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Our experience with the 10-Group Robson classification system in Egypt to analyse its high caesarean section rate

Dr Bismeen Jadoon, a Healthcare Researcher and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, discusses caesarean section rates in Egypt.

Authorship demographics in global surgery, 2016-2020

Dr Krithi Ravi, an Academic Foundation Doctor at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, shares her latest published work.

What is the extent of global health teaching activities at UK medical schools?

Global health is the study, research, and practice of medicine focused on improving health and achieving health equity, and should be integrated into medical school curricula. InciSioN UK Collaborative set out to evaluate the extent of global health teaching activities at United Kingdom (UK) medical schools.

Global Scalpels: A global surgery podcast

Founded in 2020 by Riana Patel and Taylor Ottesen, the 'Global Scalpels' podcast aims to bring together a number of interesting speakers to show the work behind the scenes in global surgery and to highlight the people creating some of the most innovative projects in sectors such as technology, law, advocacy, and research.