From chaos to sustainability: Improving healthcare and changing the world – University of Copenhagen

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From chaos to sustainability: Improving healthcare and changing the world

The Masanga project in Sierra Leone has moved from post-war chaotic conditions to sustainable models. The models can hopefully solve some of the many health problems that are characteristic of third world countries, and especially for Sierra Leone. Nobody has patented the concept of sustainability, its content and significance. It gives us the freedom to work innovatively with the concept and make suggestions to what such a model may contain.

It is therefore a pleasure to welcome you all to this symposium, where we address some of the challenges in the world with basic access to healthcare and essential surgery.

It requires new ideas to find solutions for the fragile health systems these countries are dealing with. How can we help to undertake this task? Health workers, researchers, universities and other educational institutions as well as organizations and government partners all share the opportunity to participate and contribute to further improvement.

The symposium is international with speakers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the US, Switzerland, Germany, Sierra Leone, and the Netherlands, who put Global Health and ‘Access to essential surgery’ into a broader context and presents ideas and ways forward.

Everyone is welcome, but registration is encouraged HERE.

The symposium is held in collaboration with the School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen, IMCC, CapaCare (Norway) and SAKS.

The program:


Susanne Haas (Denmark)
Welcome and introduction


Lars Hagander (Sweden)
Global surgery in 2030, evidence and solution for achieving health, welfare, and economic development.


Walter Johnson (US/Switzerland)
World Health Organisation and partnerships. What do we want, and how do we create long-term partnerships.


Caroline Arnbjerg (Denmark)
Creating long-term sustainability in the field of SRHR (Sexual and reproductive health rights) with a partnership in Rwanda - A success story from youth organizations.


Håkon A. Bolkan (Norway)
Addressing surgical needs where there is no surgeon - CapaCares task shifting programme.


Alex van Duinen (Netherlands/Norway) The challenges and joys of doing research in Sierra Leone.


Refreshments and networking


Jurre van Kesteren (Netherlands)
Video assisted learning on a surgical residency program in a low resource setting.


Jochen H. Bretschneider (Netherlands)
Demonstrating the potential of iBooks programme for low and middle income countries.


Noemi Garcia-Tardón (Spain)
The new Masanga Research Lab, where are we and what is needed for the future?


Martin Peter Grobusch (Netherlands/German)
Why do we want to create Masanga Medical Research Unit? Background, perspectives and implementation plans.


Jonathan Vas Nunes (Netherlands/Sierra Leone) Implementing research programmes, guidelines and procedures at Masanga Medical Research Unit.

18:50 Susanne Haas (Denmark)
Summery and thank you for coming.