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Teaching Cases

Developing surgical systems, like any global health endeavour, can present unique challenges. These challenges need not be met in isolation- learning from successes and failures in other parts of the world can strengthen the impact of individual efforts and accelerate global progress. The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery aimed to create new material for mutual learning. These teaching cases can be read individually, or used in a classroom setting. For an example of how these might be taught, please visit our teaching case launch page. These cases were developed through collaboration with multiple institutional partners.This is an ongoing project and additional cases will be added as they are created. Click on the title of each case to be directed to the individual case, or to a brief abstract for those cases still being written. If you have an idea for a new case, please let us know! If you will be teaching a case and want a copy of the teaching note, please contact us.


The following cases are being prepared by James W. Quinn and Genevieve Barnard under the direction of Kate McKone-Sweet, in collaboration with Len Schlesinger and researchers with the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.


Case 1:  National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)-lite in Mozambique 


Case 2:  Surgical Quality Assurance Database (SQUAD) in Uganda, Part A and Part B


Case 3:  Treating Hydrocephalus in Uganda 


Case 4:  Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda


Case 5:  Surgical Systems Building in Haiti (in process)


Case 6:  Formation of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (in process)


Case 7:  Surgical Referral Systems with BRAC in Bangladesh (in process)


Case 8:  Building Surgical Capacity in Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in Mongolia


*Funding for these cases was provided by the National Cancer Institute (cases 1-3), The Rockefeller Foundation (cases 4-7) and the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery – Dubai (cases 1-3).




The Commission has collaborated with Professor Devanath Tirupati of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India and Associate Professor Kannan Sethuraman of Melbourne Business school to develop the following case.


Case 1:  Surgical Care for Low-Income Populations: Alternative Delivery Models


*Funding for this case was provided by The Rockefeller Foundation


The following cases are being prepared by Rebecca Weintraub, Julie Rosenberg Talbot, Tiffany Chao, and Sarah Arnquist along with members of the Commission.


Case 1:  The Indus Hospital: Delivering Free Health Care in Pakistan


Case 2:  Kijabe Hospital: Exploring the surgical services and surgical training opportunities at a nearly 100-year old Christian mission hospital


Case 3:  Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Nyanza Province, Kenya


*Funding for these cases was provided by the Pershing Square Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, respectively.



The following case is being prepared by Robert Kaplan, along with Bipin Mistry and Karla Bertrand of Harvard Business School.  Click here for information on HBS’s initiative on improving health care delivery.


Case 1:  Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, Partners In Health in Haiti




The following case is being prepared by Scott Snell and Gerry Yemen of UVA’s Darden School of Business together with members of the Commission.


Case 1:  Transformation in Somaliland: Edna Adan Maternity Hospital 


*Funding for this case was provided by the National Cancer Institute

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