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What is the UN Global Surgery Learning Hub?

Development of the existing and future surgical care workforce is a key component –perhaps the key component– in the provision of safe surgical care worldwide. There is currently no effective bridge between learners’ needs and appropriate education and training content.

The United Nations Global Surgery Learning Hub provides appropriate in-service and pre-service education and training opportunities to all cadres involved in the delivery of surgical care as well as relevant stakeholders in research, policy, academia, and industry.

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Who is behind it?

SURGhub is hosted by

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

UNITAR is the principal training arm of the United Nations system, providing training and capacity development activities to assist mainly developing countries. It has become a leading institute in the provision of customized and creative learning solutions to institutions and individuals from both public and private sectors.
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The Global Surgery Foundation (GSF)

The GSF exists to accelerate and expand the provision of surgical care for attaining better health for all. The GSF is a foundation under Swiss law and serves as a common platform for all global surgery stakeholders.
Content curation process led by

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

RCSI Institute of Global Surgery was established to address the global surgery crisis, bringing together and building on RCSI’s track record of research, training and educational partnerships in low-resource contexts. The Institute works in long-term collaborative partnerships to create patient-centred, outcomes-based, global surgery research and education.

The Project Team

Francesca Vitucci

Sebastian Hofbauer

Léa Simon

Michelle Odonkor

Eric O'Flynn

Ines Perić

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Who chooses the courses?

3 committees have been created to ensure that the courses offered on SURGhub are of high quality and correspond to the needs of the learners. Every effort has been made to ensure that committee members are representative of the broad spectrum of cadres of target user: they come from varied geographical regions and professional backgrounds and have been chosen through an open-consultative process.

Project scope committee
content committee
technical committee
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Project Scope Committee

The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the content addresses the expected learning needs of all identified cadres of target users.

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JEAN O'SULLIVAN

Emergency Medicine Consultant
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SARA MOHAN

Gynaecologist
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EMILIE JOOS

Trauma Surgeon
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DHANAJAYA SHARMA

General Surgeon
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SHERRY WREN

General Surgeon
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LILIAN MWAPE

Nurse
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AINHOA COSTAS CHAVARRI 

General Surgeon
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PAULINE WAKE

Anaesthetist

Content Committee

The purpose of this committee is to decide on the appropriateness and quality of the contents.

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ANDREA PARKER

General Surgeon
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JACKIE ROWLES

Nurse Anaesthetist
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LUBNA KAHN

General Surgeon
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MUSLIU ADETOLA TOLANI

Urological Surgeon
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SABINA SIDDIQUI

Paediatric Surgeon
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ADOLFO LEVYA-ALVIZO

General Surgeon
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RICK GARDNER

Orthopaedic Surgeon
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RAHEL NARDOS

Gynaecologist
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LUIZ FERNANDO DOS REIS FALCAO

Anaesthetist
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CLAUDE MARTIN JR.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Technical Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advise on the technical appropriateness of content and material for the target users to ensure a best in class learner experience.

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SOMPRAKAS BASU

General Surgeon
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EMILIO VELIS

Educationalist
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ANNA DARELLI-ANDERSON

Educationalist
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VINCENZO PALATELLA

Information Specialist
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ANDREW KATZ

Intellectual Property Lawyer
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REBECCA SILVERS

Pediatric Neurosurgery & Critial Care Nurse Practitioner
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HARRY PAPADOPOULOS

E-learning Expert
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ADVAIT GHANDE

E-learning Expert

Content Review Panel

To support the work of the committees and particularly the review process, a content review panel has been created. We are very grateful to all the panel members for their collaboration:

  • Aaron Berger - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Allyson Alfonso - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ana Maria Crawford - Anaesthesia
  • Anthony Kamau - Anaesthesia
  • Berthe Barhayiga - Anaesthesia
  • Carmelo Loinaz - General Surgery
  • Chad Perlyn - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Chihena Banda - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Daniel Josef Lindegger - Ophthalmology
  • David Nekyon - Anaesthesia
  • Dhruva Nath Ghosh - Paediatric Urologist
  • Dolorence Wakida - Perioperative Nursing 
  • Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor - Obstetric Anaesthesia
  • Fady Balaa - General & Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Farai Madzimbamuto - Anaesthesia
  • Felix Namboya - Anaesthesia
  • Fiona Linton - Anaesthetic Registrar
  • Fridah Bosire - General Surgery 
  • George Duke Mukoro - General Surgery
  • Getachew Desta - Hepatobiliary Surgical Oncology
  • Gumbi Hauwa Sanusi - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Irene Tosetti - Anaesthesia
  • James Bernstein - Thoracic, Vascular, Transplantation Surgery
  • James Geraghty - General & Breast, Endocrine Surgery
  • Jennifer Aunspaugh - Paediatric Anaesthesia
  • Jennifer Hui Ju Yang - Nursing Anaesthesia 
  • John Varallo - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Juan Carlos Puyana -  Trauma Surgery
  • Katantazi Abdulsalam - General Surgery 
  • Kerry A. Vaughan - Neurosurgery
  • Kingsley Ufuoma Tobi - Anaesthesia
  • Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi - Paediatric Nursing
  • Lovenish Bains - General Surgery
  • Maceline Mukwamba - Perioperative Nursing
  • Manda Dunne - Nursing Anaesthesia
  • Marisa Seepersaud - Paediatric Surgery
  • Matt Kynes - Paediatric Anaesthesiology
  • Meena Amlani - Radiology
  • Mike Mwachiro - General & Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Mohamed Badran - Neurosurgery
  • Mugadza Fadzai - Anaesthesia
  • Nura Nasser - Anaesthesia
  • Patric Mukuna - Anaesthesia
  • Rachel Wilkins Davis - Trauma Surgery
  • Rami Kantar - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Richard Henker - Nursing Anaesthesia
  • Samson Adera - Cardiac Anaesthesia
  • Stephen Okello - Anaesthesia
  • Sunil Pandya - Cardiac & Neuro Anaesthesia
  • Tunde Talib Sholadoye - Paediatric Surgery 
  • Violet Otoki - General Surgery 
  • Xiya Ma - Plastic & Reconstructive surgery

Our partners

SURGhub proudly features learning content and contributions from leading organisations globally. Please get in touch to explore how we can work together to elevate your training today.