TRAINING, RESEARCH, AND INNOVATION

Mending Kids believes in supporting and facilitating the transfer of knowledge to local surgeons through educational partnerships and resource sharing.


Volunteer surgeon, Dr. Robert Bernstein, training local medial staff in Honduras.

Through our Training, Research and Innovation department, Mending Kids is at the forefront of efforts to address the surgical needs of children across the globe.

ADVANCING GLOBALSURGICAL CARE

Through surgical missions, Mending Kids trains local surgeons and other medical professionals toward self-sufficiency, and mending children in their own communities.

Greater emphasis is placed on peer-to-peer training and local capacity-building within every community we visit. In 2016, we have introduced a new sustainable teaching model on surgical missions, coupled with technological innovations to reinforce skill development. This program ensures the durability of our impact, advances surgical knowledge and innovations for pediatric surgical care, and helps to deter “brain drain.”

RESEARCH

Mending Kids undertakes in-country research to better understand the burden of surgical needs by children around the world, and to better inform our strategic decision-making.

Routine community appraisals, needs assessments, evaluation of programs, partnerships, data collection and analysis guide our strategic growth. Mending Kids is committed to conducting research and collecting data on key surgical indicators on nearly every mission we deploy, and then using the information gathered to monitor progress, engage communities, and inform health policies.

INNOVATION AND ADVOCACY

Through sharing our experiences and best practices, Mending Kids advocates on the world stage for greater awareness and prioritization of global pediatric surgery.

We engage governments, policy makers, and local providers in conversations and the decision-making process of program implementation. We share data collected on Mending Kids’ missions and our experiences through publications and at conferences with our partners, local and national leaders, and the global health community.

ADVANCING GLOBAL
SURGICAL CARE

Through surgical missions, Mending Kids trains local surgeons and other medical professionals toward self-sufficiency, and mending children in their own communities.

Greater emphasis is placed on peer-to-peer training and local capacity-building within every community we visit. In 2016, we have introduced a new sustainable teaching model on surgical missions, coupled with technological innovations to reinforce skill development. This program ensures the durability of our impact, advances surgical knowledge and innovations for pediatric surgical care, and helps to deter “brain drain.”

RESEARCH

Mending Kids undertakes in-country research to better understand the burden of surgical needs by children around the world, and to better inform our strategic decision-making.

Routine community appraisals and needs assessment, evaluation of programs and partnerships, and data collection and analysis guide our strategic growth. Mending Kids is committed to conducting research and collecting data on key surgical indicators on nearly every mission we deploy, and then using the information gathered to monitor progress, engage communities, and inform health policies.

INNOVATION AND ADVOCACY

Through sharing our experiences and best practices, Mending Kids advocates on the world stage for greater awareness and prioritization of global pediatric surgery.

We engage governments, policy makers, and local providers in conversations and the decision-making process of program implementation. We share data collected on Mending Kids’ missions and our experiences through publications and at conferences with our partners, local and national leaders, and the global health community.

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In 2015, Mending Kids joined the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance), dedicated to building political priority for surgical care as part of the global development agenda.

The G4 Alliance serves as a collective voice for over 70 stakeholders who share a common vision: “universal access to quality surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care.” Mending Kids actively participates in the G4 Alliance, striving to bring to light the sparse data available, the major gaps that exist in the accessibility and delivery of pediatric surgical care, and the barriers to prioritization of care.

Visiting Scholar Program

Awarded to Mending Kids surgeons, physicians, and nurses from LMICs to travel to the United States and other countries for hands-on training, skill observation, and to attend conferences. Knowledge obtained during visits and conferences will enhance the knowledge and skill set of the visiting providers which translates into improved care in their home country. Grants will cover R/T airfare, accommodation, and meals. Up to $2,500/scholar.

Mending Kids Research Fellowship

Being a multi-specialty surgical organization with an expansive global reach, Mending Kids aspires to investigate the burden of pediatric surgical diseases worldwide, shed light on the issues, and help close the existing data gap. A Mending Kids research fellowship will support students, surgical residents, practicing physicians, and researchers with invested interest in global surgery to travel abroad to conduct research about topics directly related to global surgical care. Data from the research are expected to be published and shared to benefit the greater global health community.

Innovation Project - Training with Smart Glasses

In partnership with AMA XpertEye™ Mending Kids is enhancing surgical training with augmented reality ‘AR’ devices. Smart glasses will supplement in-person training that currently take place through overseas surgical mission trips and reciprocal scholar visits (Visiting Scholar Program), and connect MK surgeons to their trainees in different countries year-round.

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