Fragmented international volunteerism: need for a global pediatric surgery network

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Introduction: Pediatric general surgeons volunteering internationally often work independently, some without prior assessment of the needs of those they wish to assist. Consequently, care may be inefficient, duplicated, or misdirected. A study was performed to assess whether a network for pediatric surgery volunteer work exists. Methods: A search of the Internet was performed to determine whether a pediatric surgery network exists. Worldwide pediatric surgery societies were identified and grouped by country according to income. Web sites for medical volunteer organizations were examined for links to a network of pediatric surgery volunteer work. Results: A search of the Internet revealed no pediatric surgery volunteer network. Ninety-seven pediatric surgery societies were identified. Fifty-one of the organizations were identified as residing in low- and middle-income countries. Searching 50 Web sites for these societies revealed no existing pediatric surgery network. Of 45 Web sites for volunteer medical work, 1 surgery networking Web site was identified. Only 4 pediatric general surgery international volunteer opportunities were cited on that Web site. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that no pediatric surgery volunteer network exists. By identifying pediatric surgery organizations in low- and middle-income countries, it is speculated that one might link the surgeons in these regions with those wishing to volunteer their services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Global
  • International
  • Network
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Volunteerism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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