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Increasing the number of health workers trained in treating trauma and musculoskeletal impairment in East, Central and Southern Africa.

COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL) is a multi-country partnership programme between the NDORMS, University of Oxford and the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).

The four-year project (2012–2016) combines research and training in primary trauma care and musculoskeletal impairment across the ten sub-Saharan countries in the COSECSA region: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It aims to meet the critical need for more health workers trained in treating serious injury and musculoskeletal impairment (click the image of the brochure to download the COOL Flyer).


COOL aims to:

  • Increase survival rates from serious injuries and road traffic incidents
  • Prevent disability associated with untreated or poorly treated traumatic injuries
  • Improve care for children affected by musculoskeletal impairment, including club foot, angular limb deformity and infections of bones and joints

Global health partners: University of Oxford and COSECSA

logo_cosecsaThe two key partners in the programme are the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) and the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Covering a region of nine sub-Saharan countries, COSECSA fosters postgraduate education in surgery and provides surgical training throughout East Central and Southern Africa. Based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust), NDORMS is an academic department of the University of Oxford within the Medical Sciences Division, and a rapidly growing community of orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and scientists all working in the field of musculoskeletal disorders. COOL is directed by Professor Chris Lavy OBE, Assoc. Prof Hemant Pandit and Professor Godfrey Muguti.

We are very pleased to be partnering with Primary Trauma Care Foundation in the running of primary trauma care training courses in the COSECSA countries. Since 1997, PTCF have trained medical professionals in around 60 countries worldwide in the management of severe injury, working to establish a locally sustainable training model in each country.


The project is funded through the Health Partnership Scheme, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the benefit of the UK and partner country health sectors and managed by the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET).