Children’s Orthopedics Education for Developing Nations (COEDN) is a unique full-time fellowship training model for orthopaedic surgeons in developing nations.
COEDN's current focus is training young surgeons in Africa. The current need for specialized paediatric orthopedic care in sub-Saharan Africa is great. There are only a handful of formal training centers for a population of over 1 billion, half of which is under the age of 18.
Multiple volunteer surgeon-educators from North America travel to the host country to provide fellowship level training for 3-4 orthopedic surgeons who are interested in becoming their country's leaders and educators in pediatric orthopedic surgery. All COEDN surgeon-educators are part-time, recently retired or on sabbatical and can visit for 4-6 weeks, consecutively, for a total of 12-24 months as determined in conjunction with their national/ international accreditation body. Both didactic and hands-on surgical training is provided per an established curriculum.
Unlike past classic fellowship train-abroad programs, training is done in-country, in their own operating rooms, with the fellows being the lead surgeons. Visiting trainers do no independent service work.
Towards the goal of provision of an accredited long-term sustainable education model, 3-4 of these fully trained and accredited Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons will stay at the teaching hospital and establish a nucleus for yearly training of future sub-specialists from the host and surrounding countries in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery.
COEDN has completed a program in Tanzania, and has now partnered with CoRSU Hospital to provide training and accreditation to four Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons for Uganda. The Ugandan fellowship started only three months before the COVID-19 crisis, and has therefore been temporarily put on hold until travel restrictions are lifted.
COEDN has future planned programs in many more countries requesting our training assistance. Various other forms of assistance such as surgical instrument and equipment donations, subsidies, academic program support, etc. are provided wherever possible when there is need and opportunity.
How you can Help:
NOTE: This fundraising program is a Canadian initiative, through ReBalance Legacy Society in Victoria, BC, hence all funding requests are quoted in Canadian dollars.
- Donate $35 CDN and receive a THANK YOU video from CoRSU Hospital staff.
- Donate $100 CDN and receive ONE ENTRY into a draw to win a trip to Uganda with a team of Canadian physicians and physiotherapists.* (Terms & Conditions apply.)
All donations over $500 receive a personalized thank you video from a CoRSU staff member and the equivalent number of entries into a draw to win a trip to Uganda for medical outreach!*
- Donate $500 CDN and pay for one child's club foot surgery.
- Donate $1200 CDN and pay for one nurse or one physiotherapist's salary for one month.
- Donate $3000 CDN and support one child's complete care at CoRSU (including surgery, hospital stay and post-operative rehabilitation).
- Donate $4500 CDN and pay for one physician's salary for one month.
Donors who contribute $10,000 CDN or more will have their names highlighted on a DONOR WALL at CoRSU Hospital.
- Donate $150,000 CDN and support CoRSU's full operating budget for one month!**
All funds raised go directly to KEEPING CORSU OPEN - all administration for this campaign is being done by volunteers.
*Each equivalent donation of $100 CDN will receive an entry into a draw to win a trip to Uganda and CoRSU with a Canadian medical outreach team. Terms & Conditions apply and will be emailed to all donors who qualify.
**Donors who contribute the equivalent of $150,000 or more will receive the following:
- An all-expenses paid trip to visit CoRSU Hospital with a Canadian medical outreach team,
- Full naming sponsorship of the CoRSU Disabled Children's Sport Day for two years,
- A special THANK YOU ceremony during the visit.
Terms & Conditions apply and will be emailed to all donors who qualify.