Disaster Preparedness and Response

In addition to the academic programs, MUHC faculty have been actively involved in the provision of surgical support in low- and middle-income countries in response to natural disasters, armed conflict, or baseline need of surgical capacity. This has been done through affiliation with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as well as local government hospitals in countries such as Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and most recently Haiti and Nepal.

Not only are such contributions part of the global social responsibility recognized by our faculty to support under-resourced and underprivileged populations around the world, but it also enables us to have a ground-level understanding of the issues and needs in those areas. This is an essential component for the proper implementation of longer-lasting, higher-impact, academic programs such as those described above.