. COVID is changing medical fly-in missions — and it might be for the better « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR – Neurosurgeon Michael Haglund, founder of Duke Global Neurosurgery and Neurology, has one word to describe the initial effect of COVID-19 on his organization’s global health initiatives. “Terrible.” Since 2007, his group has performed hundreds of life-saving neurosurgical procedures. They’ve repaired traumatic brain injuries and removed brain tumors. They’ve sent neurosurgeons, nurses, bioengineers and physical therapists to train local health care providers. When they started, Uganda had five neurosurgeons for 30 million people; now it has 14, in addition to lots of newly trained nurses and others. But no members of the Duke group have set foot in Africa since the pandemic began. “This was just so frustrating,” Haglund says.

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