Technology to Strengthen Humanitarian Surgical Capacity

What is the innovation? 

The project examines the potential for technology and data-driven evidence to build humanitarian surgical capacity, resilience and preparedness in low-resource settings. It explores the current use of digital platforms and technology in surgical training delivery, and identifies opportunities for and challenges to introducing sustainable models for training, knowledge exchange, data management and evidence-based research.

Why we need to innovate

A significant proportion of the health needs of communities affected by humanitarian crises require emergency surgical intervention. The increasingly specialised surgeons deployed from high-income countries are reliant on technologies that are not always available in low-resource settings. This results in gaps between their training, experience and the burden of injuries.

What is the opportunity? 

The few surgical training courses that exist are costly and heavily dependent on face-to-face training. By incorporating technology, the project aims to deliver a sustainable and cost-effective training model, build consensus and understanding across the humanitarian sector, and provide the foundation for significant change in global humanitarian surgery.


Related reports and resources to this investment: 

Humanitarian Surgery InitiativeHumanitarian Surgery Initiative webpage

Read more about the Humanitarian Surgery Initiative

Investment Summary


Jon Barden, Rosemary Emodi, Mai Seida; Fellows: Raoof Ahmed Saleh, Ahmed Almaqadma, Isobel Marks, Lt Cdr Gerard McKnight, Marcella Ryan-Coker, Prof. Mohamed Seleem, Tim Tientcheu

Project Length

17 months


United Kingdom


Royal College of Surgeons of England,

Médecins Sans Frontières,

Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University,

Global Surgery Policy Unit