Dr. Scott Haldeman awarded the “Distinguished Service award” from the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone and Joint Decade.

The vision of the Global Alliance (an initiative of the World Health Organization) is a society where prevention, treatment and care of people with musculoskeletal disorders is of a high standard and consistently accessible in order to improve the health-related quality of life for people with, or at risk of, musculoskeletal disorders. The mission is...
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The Moca project is officially launched!

In November 2014, Patricia Tavares, Stefan Eberspaecher and Geoff Outerbridge traveled to Moca, Dominican Republic to start developing the Moca project on the ground.  With the help of many local volunteers and Dr. Ramon Anulfo Lopez, the project moved forward smoothly. Patricia Tavares has been involved in the yearly outreach trips from the Canadian Memorial...
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Spine Care in Botswana and the Lady in Red

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Richard Brown (spinaluniverse.org) The verdant leaves of the gnarled, twisted old acacia outside the World Spine Care clinic in Shoshong combine to create a natural canopy and a fine waiting area. As the African sun rises to herald another scorching February day in this old, rural settlement, the night...
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Shoshong: World Spine Care under the African sun

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Richard Brown (spinaluniverse.org) Most of the roads leading out of Mahalapye are straight. Sitting directly on the Tropic of Capricorn between Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, and its second city, Francistown, the sparsely distributed population outside of this bustling mining town meant that road builders were able to construct straight, undeviating...
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Mahalapye – a rapid immersion into World Spine Care

Posted on January 31, 2015 by Richard Brown (spinaluniverse.org) Mahalapye is Botswana’s tenth largest town. Sitting directly on the Tropic of Capricorn on the edge of the Kalahari desert, its 41 000 inhabitants enjoy a subtropical climate with long periods of sunshine interrupted only by a brief rainy season. Arriving in this southern African paradise,...
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The Shoshong Clinic Opens

After years of planning the day finally arrived.  The Shoshong pilot project opened its doors today, Wednesday, August 22nd.  After all the planning, meetings, discussions and preparation, it is very exciting to see the doors open for the first time, a milestone in the future of spine care in the developing world. The site preparations...
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