A successful symposium was held at the University of Copenhagen on march 09 2018, filled with interesting speakers who focused on improving health in developing countries.
The Masanga Hospital Rehabilitation Project is an example of a development project that works. There has been improved access to life saving surgery and this has helped improving the health of many Africans in Sierra Leone.
The experience at the symposium:
There are lots of interesting conversations between the people in the audience, while the last person finds an available place to sit. Susanne Haas, Chairman of Masanga.dk welcomes and the symposium has started. One by one, the prominent speakers go to the chair. The many people who is gathered in the auditorium are curiously listening, while the speakers share their knowledge and experience.
The first part of the symposium clarifies the wide cooperation needed in order for projects in developing countries to become a success. Hagander, Johnson and Arnbjerg address’ global surgery and partnerships globally.
The second part of the symposium focus on the challenges and opportunities with working in developing countries. Bolkan and Duinen provide examples of how to work with surgery, even if there is no surgeon. Riegen, Kesteren and Bretschneider explore the possibilities of working with platforms like video and iBooks in developing countries.
The third part of the symposium focuses on a specific example, the Masanga Hospital Rehabilitation Project. A development project that creates better health here and now, but also in the longer term, it generates sustainable health.
Garcia-Tardon, Grobusch and Vas Nunes focus on Masanga’s Research Lab, the Medical Research Unit and the Hospital in general.
All in all a fantastic inspiring and impressive symposium. Once again, a foundation was made for an exciting cooperation across many interests and borders, based on promoting research in developing countries – with the Masanga Hospital Rehabilitation Project as a platform.
Let’s get together to improve health and changing the world.
If you want to see and hear the different speakers interesting presentation, take a look at Masangas youtube channel where they are posted.
By Signe Gerlach – Coordinator of Symposium “From turmoil to sustainability”