Virtual Grand Rounds – COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lifebox has worked to create space for discussion and knowledge sharing on the key challenges faced by our surgical and anesthetic partners around the world. From COVID-19 preparedness and response, to oximetry use or PPE best practice. Here you can find upcoming sessions and watch our past webinars.

Webinar Series


19 September 2020 –  A Safe C-section: best practice during COVID-19 

In partnership with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, this session will discuss best practice obstetric care during COVID-19. Targeted for clinicians providing C-sections and other obstetric procedures on suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. Applicable to a global audience with simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish.  Chaired by Dr Ranee Thakar – Senior Vice President – Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. Watch the video HERE 





9 September 2020 – Obstetric Anesthesia: lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic 

With the arrival of the COVID-19, anaesthesia providers have had to deal with depleted human resources, possibly infected patients, a lack of protocols in the face of this new disease, and all whilst trying to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. This webinar hopes to draw upon the lessons learned by leading obstetric anesthesia providers across the globe and facilitate a discussion on shared experiences and best practice for obstetric anesthesia during COVID-19.

The webinar – chaired by Dr. Maurcio Vasco Ramírez – will have simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish. It is suited for anesthesia providers in LMICs administering obstetric anesthesia during the COVID-19 pandemic.  WEBINAR INFO HERE 


10 September 2020 – Challenges in Paediatric Surgical Services in LMICs during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Nurses’ Experiences and the Way Forward

As the current pandemic continues to divert valuable resources from children’s surgical care to other pressing public health and clinical priorities, the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery Nurses’ Working Group is holding this timely webinar to identify surgical nursing challenges and galvanize resources for solutions. Moderated by Comrade Lawal-Aiyedun Olubunmi.

23 June 2020: N95 Decontamination & Reuse Webinar: Expanding PPE for the Frontline

  • Lifebox hosted a webinar for N95DECON to provide guidance on best practice for N95 decontamination and reuse for providers working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was held in English with simultaneous interpretation into French and Spanish.
  • Click here to watch a recording of the event.






3 June 2020: Pulse Oximeters and Oxygen Therapy in the time of COVID-19

  • Lifebox, the Alliance for International Medical Action, and Assist International hosted a Virtual Grand Rounds chaired by Dr. Thomas Weiser on using pulse oximeters and oxygen therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Click here to watch a recording of this event.






26 May 2020: The Disruption of COVID-19 on Medical Training in Surgery and Anesthesia in sub Saharan Africa, and innovations for the future

  • Lifebox and partners UGHE and InciSioN held a Virtual Grand Rounds on May 26, 2020. Prof. Abebe Bekele and Dr. Robert Riviello of UGHE co-chaired the discussion among experts from across the globe on how COVID-19 has impacted training in surgery and anesthesia.
  • Click here for full event details and a link to the recording.







18 May 2020: Préparation et réponse des systèmes chirurgicaux à la pandémie de COVID-19 dans les pays d’Afrique francophone – IN FRENCH ONLY

  • On May 18, 2020 Lifebox hosted a French-language Virtual Grand Rounds chaired by Dr. Serigne Gueye on best-practice among Francophone clinicians in the surgical ecosystem in the context of COVID-19 in sub-saharan Africa. Co-sponsors included ABUC, COSECSA, SARAF, Smile Train, University Cheik Anta Diop, WACS, and WFSA.
  • Click here to watch a recording of this event.






15 May 2020: Preperación y respuesta para clínicos perioperatorios en Centroamérica – IN SPANISH ONLY

  • On May 15, 2020 Lifebox hosted a Spanish-language Virtual Grand Rounds chaired by Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor on the perioperative response to COVID-19 in Central America. Co-sponsors included WFSA and Operation Smile.
  • Click here to watch a recording of this event.






14 May 2020: Managing Safe Surgical Systems in Ethiopia during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Anesthesia, Obstetrics, Surgery, and Acute Care – IN AMHARIC ONLY

  • በ ኮቪድ-19 ወረርሽኝ ጊዜ በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ደህንነቱ የተጠበቀ የቀዶ ጥገና ስርዓቶችን ስለማስተዳደር ፤ በቀዶ ጥገና ፣ በማደንዘዣ ፣ በፅንስና ማህፀን ሀኪሞች እንዲሁም በአደጋ ጊዜ / አጣዳፊ እንክብካቤ በመስጠት ላይ ካሉ ባለሞያወች ልምድ እና ምርጥ ተሞክሮዎች ጋር የሚደረገውን ዉይይት ተካፋይ ይሁኑ !
  • አወያይ ፕሮፌሰር ሚሊያርድ ደርበው ፤ የፓናሉ የክብር እንግዳ : ዶ/ር ፂዬን ፍሬው፣ ዶ/ር ህሊና ታደሰ ከጤና ሚኒስተር ፤ ዶ/ር ማህሌት ታደሰ ( የኢትዮጵያ የሰመመን ሀኪሞች ሶሳይቲ ፕሬዝደንት ረዳት ፕሮፌሰር ፤ ዶ/ር ትህትና ንጉሴ (ከቀዶ ሀከምና ሀኪሞች ማህብር) ዶክተር መቅደስ ዳባ (ከኢትዮጵያ የማህፀንና ጽንስ ህክምና ባለሙያዎች ማህበር፟ ፟ፕሬዝዳንት) – ለመመዝገብ ይህን ሊንክ ይከተሉ
  • Lifebox hosted an Amharic-language Virtual Grand Rounds chaired by Professor Miliard Derbew on the perioperative response to COVID-19 in Ethiopia on May 14, 2020. Co-sponsors included COSECSA, ESA, ESOG, ESS, and WFSA.
  • Click here to watch a recording of this event.




13 May 2020: A Conversation on Surgical Systems and COVID-19 Preparedness in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • On May 13, 2020 Lifebox partner Smile Train hosted a webinar chaired by Dr. Esther Nyambura Njoroge, Smile Train’s Vice President and Regional Director for Africa. Speakers included Dr. Neema Kaseje and Profs. Godfrey Muguti and Adesoji O Ademuyiwa.
  • Click here for full event details.






21 April 2020: Preparing the Perioperative Ecosystem of Sub-Saharan Africa for COVID-19


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