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This is a unique practical course delivered by experts in the field of Global Surgery, with a focus on open fractures and burn injuries in LMICs. This course offers hands on training in external fixation of fractures as well as theoretical summary of fracture treatment and burn care in low resource settings.
Target Audience: AIGT in training / residents trauma surgery / residents orthopedic surgery
Price: €200 AIGT students in training / €250 residents in trauma and orthopedic surgery
Injuries are a leading cause of death worldwide, leading to more deaths annually than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. LMICs suffer the largest volume of injuries, with 5 million annual deaths estimated to be caused by trauma. Lack of sufficient trauma and emergency care contribute greatly to negative outcomes for trauma victims in LMICs. In Africa, 38 per 1,000 disability-adjusted life years are reported compared with the global figure of 27 per 1,000.
Worldwide, the rate of child burn deaths is 2.5 per 100,000 across 103 countries, with the highest rate in Sub-Saharan Africa (4.5 per 100,000). Over the past few decades, burn-related mortality in high-income countries has decreased.
However, burns still account for an estimated 180,000 deaths annually and are among the leading causes of disability-adjusted life years in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), where approximately 90% of burn injuries occur.