Funding for this research was provided by:
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
GE Safe Surgery 2020 project
Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-04-27
Received: 15 September 2017
Accepted: 11 April 2018
First Online: 27 April 2018
: Michelle White is a pediatric anesthesiologist and has worked for Mercy Ships for 5 years, designing, implementing and evaluating surgical and capacity building projects in low income coastal African countries.Kirstie Randall is a registered nurse and has worked for Mercy Ships for 10 years designing, implementing and evaluating surgical and capacity building projects in low income coastal African countries.Dennis Alcorn is a project manager and has worked for Mercy Ships for 2 years, designing and evaluating surgical and capacity building projects in Madagascar and Benin.Rachel Greenland is a registered nurse and has worked for Mercy Ships for over 5 years in low income coastal African countries.Christine Glasgo is a registered nurse and has worked for Mercy Ships for 3 years in low income coastal African countries.Mark Shrime is an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and spends up to two months per year delivering surgical care and evaluating surgical outcomes with Mercy Ships in low income coastal Africa Countries. He is also the Director of Research at Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
: The Minister of Health of Madagascar gave permission for the evaluation as part of a Mercy Ships routine surgical care. Individuals gave verbal consent to participate but written signed consent was not required.The study was given ethics approval by the Mercy Ships Institutional Review Board (study number MS-2016-003) which, included the use of data obtained from the Mercy Ships patient database. The requirement for individual written consent was waived.
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