2018 Botswana Spine Care Conference

The Third World Spine Care Botswana Spine Care Conference

“Creating a country wide program for the prevention of spine disability.”

On May 7 and May 8, 2018 World Spine Care, in cooperation with the Botswana Ministry of Health organized the Third World Spine Care Conference at the Gaborone International Convention Center in Botswana.

More details can be seen on the Eventbrite registration page.



Below is the list of lectures from the conference.  Just click on the lecture title to view and download the .pdf of the lecture.

Day 1

Session 1: World Spine Care and The Global Spine Care Initiative

  • Prof. Margareta Nordin – Welcome: Creating a Country Wide Program for the Prevention of Disability
  • Dr. Richard Brown – The effect of spinal disorders in low- and middle income communities: the status of non-surgical care in Africa.
  • Dr. Alex van der Horst – The challenges of providing advanced spine care to underserved communities in Southern Africa
  • Dr. Scott Haldeman – The development of a Model of Care for Spinal Disorders in underserved communities – Introduction to the Global Spine Care Initiative
  • Dr. Katarzyna Trok – The impact of spinal cord injuries in underserved communities and what is needed to improve care.

Session 2: Primary Spine Care in underserved communities

  • Scott Haldeman – Defining Primary Spine Care. Classes of spinal disorders that can be managed in primary spine care setting.

  • Margareta Nordin – Assessment of Spinal Disorders including yellow flags: Guidance from the evidence. 

  • Alex van der Horst – Determination of red flags for serious spinal disease. Trauma, infection (TB), neoplasm.

  • Chris Collaca – Conservative treatment for common spinal diseases. View from a high-income country.

  • Geoff Outerbridge – Non-invasive treatment intervention. Education, exercise, manual therapy. The World Spine Care program.

  • Erin Moon – Yoga for active self care and pain management.

Session 3: Secondary Spine Care in underserved communities

  • Scott Haldeman – Defining Secondary Spine Care. Classes of spinal disorder requiring secondary spine care.

  • Alberto Zerbi – The indications for and interpretation of spine imaging in a setting with limited resources.

  • Vincent Setlare – Indications for and interpretation of laboratory testing in a patient with spine related red flags. 

  • Ian Vlok – Identifying the patient who requires emergency spine surgery or care. What can be done without advanced imaging and advanced spine specific surgical facilities?

  • Margareta Nordin – Advanced management of yellow flags. Community based education programs to prevent disability.

Session 4: Tertiary Spine Care in underserved communities

  • Scott Haldeman – Defining tertiary spine care. Classes of spine care requiring tertiary care.

  • Marek Szpalski – Spinal surgery; the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

  • Robert Gunzburg – Degenerative spinal conditions when are they surgical?

  • Max Aebi – Adult degenerative scoliosis: the extent of surgery – does it correspond to the extent of deformity? And how to handle failures.

  • Tiro Mmopelwa – Acute Spinal Cord injury, assessment/treatment.

  • Anthony Chiodo – Long term health maintenance for the spinal cord injury person.

  • Inka Löfvenmark – Mobility concerns for the chronically disabled person due to a spinal disorder.

Day 2


A playlist of the available videos is below. You can view them on this page or click the video title to view it on YouTube.

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