In 2020 we began expanding our work in Global Surgery and Public Health through broadening our network in the US and Africa. Our objectives in this work are to: connect orthopaedic trauma and musculoskeletal disease surgeons in resource-limited areas of the world to affordable, high-quality and innovative orthopaedic surgical equipment and care; provide high-level educational resources on the application of such equipment; contribute to surgical capacity building of orthopaedic surgery practitioners in limited resource areas; help establish reliable supply chains; and, exemplify best ethical practices in orthopaedic surgery in order to save lives, and improve the quality of life for individuals and communities, and move toward social equity in Global Surgery.
Of significant importance has been establishing a relationship with the Harvard Global Orthopaedics Collaborative (HGOC), Boston, founded and directed by Dr. Kiran Jay Agarwal-Harding, MD, MPH, Orthopaedic Surgeon. https://ortho.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-global-orthopaedics-collaborative
HGOC is a group of Harvard Medical School orthopaedic surgery faculty and Residents, who engage in clinical research, surgical education, surgical care delivery, and health systems development with their global partners in Cameroon, Colombia, Haiti, India, Malawi, and South Africa.
The Darwin Project (DPI) also has established relationships with individual hospitals in Africa, including Mutengene Baptist Hospital in Cameroon through Dr. Henri Ndasi, and Central Hospital in Malawi with Dr. Leonard Banza. We are funding outfitting of their surgical suites with needed medical devices and equipment, and have connected the hospital staff with HGOC practitioners to share surgical techniques, joint studies and training. With the support of DPI Dr. Ndasi has been able to greatly expand his surgical capacity.