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September 2016
As Chairman of World Orthopaedic Concern(UK), I  am honoured to  introduce this edition of our recently relaunched newsletter. We aspire to produce it now on a quarterly basis and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage submissions on any subjects of relevance to the provision of orthopaedic services in low and middle income countries; visit reports, discussion of orthopaedic surgical techniques, research and information on courses will all be welcomed. 
These are exciting times for WOC(UK); we have an expanding project in Ethiopia for which volunteer surgeons are welcomed and are also contemplating an ambitious project in Northern Malawi. These are in addition to the multitude of missions which our membership undertake all over the world. I hope that the newsletter will be a valuable forum in which experiences and knowledge can be shared. Finally, I would like to echo the thanks paid by our Hon. Secretary, Deepa Bose, elsewhere in this newsletter, to those whose work pioneered the new WOC (UK) website and this newsletter, namely Laurence Wicks, Ashtin Doorgakant and Michael David. Very much looking forward to future editions,
Steve Mannion
Chairman, WOC(UK)

A letter of thanks to three of our dedicated trainees


Deepa Boose
(WOC-UK Secretary)

This month's main feature:

Malcolm Swann MBE reflects on 20 Years of Orthopaedics Overseas.

Clubfoot abound in Papua New Guinea. Jim Turner gives WOC-UK an update on the state of PNGs Clubfoot provision. 


Rosiland Owen with an update on the Global Clubfoot Initiative.


Louis Deliss with an update on Palawan.

Oliver Adebayo (GASOC Committee) tells WOC-UK about GASOC and their inaugural conference which was held earlier in the year. 
NOTAA is a newly established voluntary organisation committed to supporting training and infrastructure development in Ethiopia and Malawi and enhancing the development of trauma services in Africa. 

We are keen to get members of Orthopaedic departments across the Northwest involved. Including doctors, nurses, physio's, managers, and admin staff. 

Their inaugural meeting at Wrightington Conference Centre was held on the 10th September 2016 with great success. 

If you missed it and would like to find out more contact Liz Newton at

Click here for the event flyer
Opportunity for Senior Trainee to join David Jones on Ethiopia mission. 

Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa. 

1st September - 18th October 2016.

See full advert here
The Humanitarian Aid course is in its 10th year!

"...this educational experience is open to all health care professionals looking to begin their journey in the complex industry of humanitarian work, and want to make a difference to the world and the lives of others."

Machester Conference Centre, M1 3BB. 

8th - 9th October 2016.

Click here for course information and how to sign up.
BOFAS Principles of Foot & Ankle Surgery Course, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

19th - 21st October 2016. 

BOFAS, the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society has been invited to host a 3 day course in two of the leading hospitals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2016. It will be the first time that the BOFAS Principles of Foot & Ankle Surgery Course will be held outside the UK.

BOFAS has nurtured a link with WOC members and CARE in Malawi, by supporting Fellowships for both UK and Malawian Registrars. We  wish to extend this overseas commitment and plan to teach the Principles of Foot & ankle Surgery course to all the Orthopaedic Trainees in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Due to support from the UK Industry we are able to invite Ethiopian Orthopaedic Consultants who have recently started in independent practice. The faculty will include experienced UK Foot & Ankle Surgeons, including former BOFAS Presidents, mixed with a strong group of local faculty from the Ethiopian Teaching Hospitals.

Click here for the course brochure.

MOTEC Life-UK is 10 years old and growing stronger with WOC-UK. Paul Ofori-Atta tells us more.

The Lord Alton course for surgeons - Advances and challenges in the practice of surgery in the developing world. 27th - 28th October 2016. 

MOTEC Life-UK invite you to celebrate their 10th year anniversary at The House of Lords. 9th November 2016.
The COSECSA Annual Conference, Mombasa, Kenya.

7th - 9th December 2016.

See programme here.

Our sponsor Medical Aid International works in association with Orthopaedics Africa to provide reliable, consistent and cost-effective solutions to help relieve the burden of orthopaedic trauma and congenital bone disease in Africa.

World Orthopaedic Concern is a UK based charity that is entirely dependent on voluntary donations.

Money donated to World Orthopaedic Concern goes to a wide variety of projects. It is used to fund training, to enable the distribution of equipment to the developing world and to help UK orthopaedic surgeons travel to these hospitals.

If you are interested in contributing, please contact our treasurer or make a donation on JustTextGiving or with PayPal.
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