IGOT’s mission is to improve the care of underserved populations affected by orthopaedic trauma injuries. Our work is rooted in a commitment to the long-term sustainability and impact of our actions. The pillars of our work are global research and knowledge exchange.
Our Global Knowledge Exchange program relies on a two-way flow of knowledge. We send surgeons and trainees to our partner institutions to build capacity as well as learn from our partners. We also invite members of our partner institutions to take part in observerships at the OTI (Orthopaedic Trauma Institute), as well as courses and events that we sponsor.
Our Global Research Initiative is based on the reality that research is a key driver in a functional health care system and is committed to fostering research capacity. Availability and accessibility of global research data will help inform effective health policies and low-cost interventions that are critical to the improvement of health care systems globally. This is a given in developed countries, yet less than 8% of published orthopaedic research in the past three years originated from the developing world. Without the ability to conduct quality health research, decision-makers in these countries cannot advocate for and allocate resources effectively.
Since our inception in 2006, we have worked with 65 global research institutions across 10 countries on 45 research projects, and facilitated the travel of 50 IGOT ambassadors and scholars to and from our partner institutions. We have raised over $250,000 to meet our mission, and our streamlined operational model channels 100% of those resources to programmatic funding as opposed to overhead and administrative costs.