“The Need for Formal Surgical Global Health Programs and Improved Mission Trip Coordination”
(originally found article on Pubmed)
“The Need for Formal Surgical Global Health Programs and Improved Mission Trip Coordination” by Dr. Sarr Medoff and Dr. Jeffrey Freed explains the demand of surgical health programs around the world. The doctors began their research by creating a survey to send to multiple surgical organizations in the United States and Canada to inquire about global surgical health program options. The survey’s response rate was only 14%, but they gained helpful information from it. They learned that few surgical organizations have a global health program and many had no idea they could communicate or work with other profit organizations. Survey respondents also claimed barriers to these programs were the safety and credentials of partnering non-profit organizations. Many believe that overcoming this barrier includes enhancing NGO coordination and creating a national registration. Overall, global health efforts need to be more effective which means including proper training, efficient programs, and improved communication.