National institute of traumatology & orthopaedic rehabilitation (nitor), Dhaka, Bangladesh

WOC under the guidance of President Mike Laurence is aiding Colleagues in Nepal to establish an Orthopaedic Training Scheme which will involve help from neighbouring countries. Soon after Dr Garst had created the Bangladesh Training Scheme in the early ‘70’s young surgeons from Nepal came to his hospital for orthopaedic training. This informal arrangement is about to be formalised and WOC Bangladesh (with its 50 or so members) under the Chairmanship of Professor Iqbal Qavi will be playing a major part. It is hoped that SICOT will also be involved and it is likely that some funding may be provided by the SICOT Foundation.

Professor Kawal (Rizvi – current Director of NITOR) was recently in the UK and visited the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. As a result a small number of recent graduates from the Bangladesh Training Scheme will be spending two to three months in Birmingham after working in Bangladesh for about two years following conclusion of their orthopaedic training. A similar scheme in association with Bristol worked some years ago but eventually ceased owing to ever increasing administrative problems.

Currently about 500 Bangladesh Orthopaedic Surgeons have been trained at the National Institute for Orthopaedics and Traumatology (NITOR) in Dhaka, but the country with a population approaching 160 million probably needs about 5,000 Orthopaedic Surgeons. But who is going to pay their salaries?