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Mihir Sheth named Young Engineer of the Year by Royal Academy of Engineering

Mihir Sheth from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) has been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering with a Young Engineer of the Year award.

Work on paediatric preoperative anaemia in low- and middle-income countries presented at BAPS Congress

Oxford University Global Surgery Group's (OUGSG) work on the pertinent subject of paediatric anaemia in the context of surgery in low- and middle-income countries was recently presented at the 69th British Association of Paediatric Surgery (BAPS) Congress in Bruges, Belgium on 23 June 2023.

MSc student wins first prize at NDS Student Symposium Day

Philomena Leahy, an MSc by Research student within the Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG), has won Best 1st Year Presentation during the recent Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) Student Symposium Day.

Collaborative event held with OUGSG and GASOC

In June 2023, a successful collaborative event between Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) and GASOC (the Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration, a UK and Ireland-based trainee organisation with a wide international membership), was held at Osler House in Oxford.

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?

Publication

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

Publication

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

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Global Surgery Stories

The ethical impacts of international medical electives on local students and patient care

Magdalena Chmura, a former Student Rep of OUGSG and current Foundation Year doctor shares a paper recently published with Dr Shobhana Nagraj.

Supporting exams and training in Ethiopia

Professor Kokila Lakhoo was recently invited to the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) as an external examiner for the Paediatric Surgery Fellowship Exams. In addition to the exams contribution, Professor Lakhoo and colleagues ran the BAPS HG neonatal skills course and a research seminar for beginners and advance participants. Read the full report below.

Our contribution to the Francophone Africa meeting in Cameroon

Professor Kokila Lakhoo reports on the Francophone Africa meeting in Cameroon from 25 to 30 November 2023, which was represented by 10 central African countries. As well as giving a keynote speech and various talks, Professor Lakhoo and colleagues ran the BAPS HG neonatal skills course, Oxford Global Surgery research seminar and a BAPS-Oxford laparoscopic course.

Children’s Surgical Course for regional hospitals in Tanzania

Professor Kokila Lakhoo reports on her latest visit to Tanzania, the first country in Africa chosen by Oxford University Global Surgery Group to host its new Children's Surgical Course.

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.