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Amsterdam, 15-11-2014

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Symposium of Surgery in Low Resource Settings: at 13:05 min


A Speaker at the symposium of Surgery in Low Resource Settings, Gino Strada

 Amsterdam, 05-11-2014

Gino Strada is an Italian war surgeon and founder of the UN-recognized Italian NGO Emergency. Emergency has operated in thirteen war-torn countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and the Central African Republic.

In 1996, it opened its first hospital in Iraqi Kurdistan. Today, Emergency operates eight hospitals in areas of conflict. Fifty-four “First Aid Posts-Health Care Centers”, located in heavily mined areas or close to the front lines, are connected to the Emergency hospitals’ network.
Aged 65, when other men’s thoughts might turn to retirement, Strada spends months in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan or any other of the 47 healthcare centers worldwide set up and run bij Emergency, the NGO he founded.

Gino “We think everyone has the right to be cured”


The Guardian:  Meet Gino Strada, unsung hero to the poorest victims of war



Reconstructive surgery is changing people’s lives 

Amsterdam 20-10-2014, Amsterdam

1 of the 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate. In Nairobi families are hiding the people who suffer from cleft lip or palate for their environment. Cleft lip is an opening in the upper lip and cleft palate is an opening on the roof of the mouth.

Dr Asrat Mengiste is one of the speakers at the Symposium Surgery in Low Resource Settings. He  is a Reconstructive Surgeon and Regional Manager, Medical Services and Clinical Outreach based in Nairobi at Amref Health Africa’s headquarters. The reconstructive surgery project is operating on patients and children who suffer from this deviation.

Cleft lip and palate have a large effect on the future of children. Families are often ashamed of their children because the community is not excepting them. That is why they are not aloud to go to school or out side.
Dr Asrat Mengiste is doing his best to get al the patients to his clinic to preform the surgery in time. For the children it is so important so they can have a good future.
The reconstructive surgery is changing people’s lives. See more in this video.



One of the inspiring speakers at the symposium: Edna Adan Ismail

Amsterdam, 04-10-2014

One of the speakers during the symposium is Edna Adan Ismail. She was born in Somali, and was the first woman in her country that went to the UK for higher education.
She is the director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, where she was born. Edna Adan is also President of the Organization for Victims of Torture.

More of her projects and inspirational work is shown in this short video.




Amsterdam, 15-09-2014

In order to contribute to the symposium we are sponsoring a speaker from a low/middle income country. The speaker who we will support is Dr. Douglas Lungu, General Surgeon from Mzuzu Central Hospital, Malawi.

Dr. Lungu has been trained as General Surgeon at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Afterwards he worked as Director of Clinical Services at the Ministry of Health in Malawi and as general surgeon and hospital director in Lilongwe. He is lecturer at the College of Medicine.
Dr. Lungu supported the program manager Peter Jiskoot with the on the job training of Clinical Officers in surgical procedures in District- and Mission Hospitals in Malawi, Central Africa (2005-2011). Together they present: From On the Job training towards a BSc degree course in surgery for Clinical Officers in Malawi.

Dr Douglas Lungu




Amsterdam, 27-08-2014

We are proud to announce that Nyenburgh Investment Partners (NYIP) is sponsoring the Symposium Surgery in low resource settings. The symposium is organized by Netherlands society for international surgery (NSIS), with the goal to collaborate and to create new opportunities for surgery in low resource settings.

There is a high need for surgical care in low and middle-income countries. Today more than 2 billion people around the globe have limited access to basic surgical care, which leads to a high amount of preventable deaths and disabilities worldwide. The goal of this three-day event is to shed light on opportunities to help to improve this issue. Therefor surgeons/doctors from low and middle-income countries will present themselves on the symposium to give more insides about their situation.

The symposium November 14th-16th 2014:
On Friday the symposium will be opened with a short movie and a debate with current leading organizations in International Surgery.
On Saturday there are numerous talks from international renowned speakers. During this day we ask local specialists, researchers and clinical officers to present their view how to address the problem effectively. As a consequence, we aim for a high participation of speakers from low and middle-income countries.
In addition, we discuss the possible role of western doctors how to help. Speakers discuss opportunities to connect in collaborative projects, together with local specialists and researchers.
At the last day practical skills seminars will be conducted. All topics focus on surgical skills especially suited for low resource settings. Eg: training sessions in bowel anastomosis, tendon suturing and fracture management with external fixaton methods.

More information about the symposium is given on


website symposium