World Spine Care Clinics

Sustainability & Capacity-Building

Entrenching sustainable clinics in the communities in which we work is a fundamental principle of World Spine Care. While developing a model of care for spinal conditions is a primary focus of World Spine Care, it is equally important to WSC that our clinics are embedded in the local health care system, creating not only a sustainable model of care, but also one that can be expanded throughout the country, with full cooperation of the host government.

The ongoing sustainability of World Spine Care is realized through:

  • Health worker training: for the on-site training of local front-line healthcare practitioners in the screening, assessment, and emergency management of non-surgical spinal conditions.
  • Medical doctor training: in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders
  • Train-the-Trainer program: aimed at enabling practitioners to pass on their skills to others to expand present levels of care and, over time, to begin to address the chronic issue of health worker shortages.
  • Community education: on the risk factors for spinal conditions and early stage treatment to avoid the risk of chronicity, which will reduce the impact of spinal conditions on the communities.
  • Academic scholarships: for qualified residents to attain professional credentials in primary spine care through supported educational programs. These opportunities are conditional on a commitment to return to supervise the WSC clinics.
  • Fellowships: in advanced spine surgery and appropriate medical specialties: WSC will facilitate these advanced training programs at major spine centers.
  • Long-term partnership: with local Ministries of Health and applicable regional health system managers to establish the structures and processes required to plan, implement, and deliver spinal and musculoskeletal care on a permanent basis. The host Ministries of Health will eventually take over ownership, management, expansion, and sustainability of each project with continued WSC support.

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