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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.

'We Will Never Forget' picture showing hands, a heart and a rainbow.

Speaking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Mr Peter said: “We’re like everyone else. In the morning, we feel fear and anxiety like everyone else; it’s the new norm during this pandemic. But fear and apprehension is not a sign of weakness. It’s what makes us human. I feel that every worker in this country has been exhibiting immense courage”.

Mr Peter lost a colleague to COVID-19, and over 100 other healthcare workers have lost their lives. They are among those who were remembered, when the country paused and took a moment to commemorate the frontline workers who have fought relentlessly for us. The loss of our heroes has been sorely felt across the country.

We thank Mr Noel Peters for reminding us that our heroes are human, and for initiating this heartwarming tribute to them and their families.

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.