Reconstructive Hand Surgery - spreading the word
Last week in Hungary, 42 participants from 24 countries learned more about Reconstructive Tetraplegia Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation. Thank you Professor Jan Fridén and occupational therapists Johanna Wangdell and Therese Ramström from Centre of Advanced Reconstruction of Extremities (CARE) at Sahlgrenska University Hospital for spreading the word so that more patients worldwide can benefit from the treatment in the future.
On Tour in Kenya
Anders Lygdman, Senior advisor in International aid at Sahlgrenska I.C., is usually at the office in Gothenburg, meeting the donor units around West Sweden or conducting follow up visits to our recipient countries. He also frequently represents Region Västra Götaland in conferences and networking meetings covering his area of expertise – material aid.
Welcome back Anders! Where have you been and why?
Thank you! I have been participating in the 2017 AidEX conference in Nairobi, Kenya. AidEX is a number of conferences held in different places that focus on aid and development. It is a two-day high-profile conference attracting over 500 professionals from all over the world. The theme for 2017 was Aid and Development Effectiveness: Results through transparency and accountability.
On location in Kenya I also took the opportunity to visit potential cooperation partners in the towns of Lodwar and Kisumu. I also got the opportunity to meet the Somalia section at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and inform them about our and our Swedish cooperation partners work in the health sector in Somalia.
Looking back on the visit on the plane home, what came into your mind?
I thought about the importance of networking and exchange of experiences, on all levels. A conference such as AidEX shows that there are a lot of good ideas out there that can feed into the work we are doing and enrich it. At the same time it is crucial to ensure the results of this kind of meetings are shared with all concerned, from donors to recipients, otherwise it will remain just ideas.
Now when you are back in the office, the real work begins. What is the next step?
In the coming weeks I will meet our Swedish partners and report back to them on these issues. There is always room for improvement and I know they are as eager as me to see how we can enhance our cooperation!
Summer at Sahlgrenska I.C.
Our office will be staffed from 9 am to 3:30 pm (CEST) July 17th to August 7th.
We wish all of our customers and partners worldwide a relaxing summer.
New Specialists in Periodontology
Sometimes a group consists of an ideal mix of people with the right balance of personalities and competencies. This is something we consider during the recruitment process, but the outcome can never be known on beforehand. These four strong individuals created a rare dynamic which was much appreciated by fellow colleagues and supervisors.
Takahiro is now bound for Hong Kong, while we get to keep the others a bit longer. Wherever in the world you decide to pursue your careers, we hope that the knowledge you gained here will be of great use.
Anders Lygdman, Senior advisor International aid at Sahlgrenska I.C. recently returned from a field trip to Somaliland. He was there to follow-up and evaluate the international aid Region Västra Götaland is supporting through our partner Human Bridge. Joining him on this tour around recipient hospitals was Jan Wandeby, project controller and biomedical technician at Human Bridge, Hussein Abyan, project coordinator for Somalia at Human Bridge and Håkan Bergström journalist at the newspaper Hallands Nyheter.
By doing these on-the-site visits it is possible to assess to what degree the donated medical equipment have been put into use, its functionality and follow the result in comparison to the need analysis made before the interventions. Also, it is of utmost importance to have a dialogue with the recipients, such as hospital management and health authorities, in order to safeguard transparency and to evaluate the donation process.
We could see the positive impact that our support has made for the low-resource environment that Somaliland health care providers operate in. Our donations of functional basic equipment, medical devices and consumables are a contribution which is needed and valued locally. For example; at the Hargeisa Group of Hospitals it was possible to see how equipment donated in 2014 still were in use every day and in Berbera District Hospital a recently donated ultrasound had started to make a significant change in the care given to future mothers. At Gabiley hospital, close to the Ethiopian border, the current drought has put pressure on scarce resources due to a massive influx of refugees and the full donation from Human Bridge had been put into action.
However, it was also evident that a careful assessment before each donation is necessary. Due to organizational weakness in general, and often in combination with lack of skilled staff, a donation always runs the risk to end up in a storage unused. Unfortunately this was the case at one of the hospitals. Measures have now been set into place to correct the situation, a fact that shows the importance of follow-up and dedicated monitoring. Each donation is a responsibility, not only for the receiver but also for the donator.
The delegation visited 10 hospitals in total (six in the capital Hargeisa, two in Berbera and one in Gabiley and Wajaale respectively. Out of these seven have received support from Human Bridge during the period 2014-2017. Anders Lygdman also revisited two hospitals that received their first medical equipment donations back in 2014.
Join our team
Andreas, our administrative officer, is going abroad for an internship as part of his master programme in Global studies. We are currently looking for a temp to fill his position.
Are you studying public administration, political science, economics or similar and are interested in combining this with a part-time job? Read more in Administrative Officer Sahlgrenska International Care or contact us for more information.
Congratulations Colombia and Saudi Arabia
Amal from Saudi Arabia and Jairo from Colombia just completed a two year Specialist Training Programme in Oral Medicine given at the Institute of Odontology, in joint collaboration between University of Gothenburg and the Public Dental Service in Region Västra Götaland. This was celebrated at a graduation ceremony where they got the opportunity to present their research findings.
Congratulations! We hope that the knowledge you gained here will be of great use wherever in the world you decide to pursue you careers.
Get to know Maria and Sjoer from HOPE
Maria Munoz from Spain. Sjoerd Walburg from the Netherlands. A Communications manager at a University hospital in Valencia and a Manager of an Emergency department in Alkmaar. What do they have in common? Both are a part of HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation’s Exchange programme for healthcare professionals.
– Sweden was our top choice as it is a healthcare system known for high quality, says Maria and Sjoerd.
Region Västra Götaland together with CHI, Centre for Health Care Improvement, Chalmers University of Technology are hosting the delegates and have prepared a four week long tour to healthcare departments around the area. One of the stops was at Sahlgrenska International Care.
Thank you for visiting and sharing experiences from your own countries. I hope you left inspired and with a better understanding of what we do – export world class healthcare expertise offered by the public healthcare system in Region Västra Götaland to customers worldwide.
Hello from WHO Global Forum
The 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices is right now taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose with the conference is to show commitment towards improved access to safe, effective and innovative quality medical devices as a contribution to universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. There are 700 participants from government, academia, civil society/ NGO, industry and the UN.
We had a talk with Anders Lygdman, Senior Advisor for International Aid who is on site representing Region Västra Götaland and Sahlgrenska I.C.
What are your first impressions?
– I feel that this is a good opportunity to raise awareness about the work that is being done on international aid and medical device donations in a forum where many of the important actors are present. Also very excited about the fact that our European Working Group for Medical Devices in Developing Countries is exhibiting together here at the conference for the first time.
There is a wide range of plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops to choose from. What is your favorite so far?
– For me, the sessions on defining methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals have been particularly interesting since it has a connection to our work with medical device donations. The demonstrations of development and use of innovative and affordable technologies has also given me some food for thought.
Speech at LifeMED in Italy
Since 2013 the organizations Cauto (Italy), Medicus Mundi (Italy), University of Brescia, Legambiente Lombardia och Ateliere Fara Frontiere (Roumania) have been cooperating in the EU-funded project LifeMED.
LifeMED deals with the management of discarded medical equipment and devices. The project primarily addresses the environmental problem of sustainable waste and natural management. It supports waste prevention programmes and measures to promote the application of the waste hierarchy.
Anders Lygdman, International Aid Coordinator at Sahlgrenska I.C., was invited to share our experiences within this field at an international workshop in Brescia, Italy, between 25-27 January. His speech emphasized that the establishment of a public system for collection and donation of medical equipment in Region Västra Götaland has increased the effectiveness in the gathering of functional medical equipment/material that otherwise would go to destruction. The improved coordination on a policy level has led to an increased number of donors and growing volumes designated for aid projects.