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    Over the past year, BMA's International department has been helping HEE (Health Education England) to develop a new online portal for medical volunteering opportunities through the NHS international volunteering group. HEE has been developing the platform to support health and care staff interested in international volunteering. The platform will signpost to key resources for international volunteers available online...
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    Calling all surgeons and OBs with experience working in LMICs - we need your input! The BMA is supporting the charity Lifebox to develop a list of surgical instruments for a low cost surgical instrument tray. The tray will provide all the essential instruments to safely perform C-section and laparotomy in low-resource settings. These are two of the most frequent and urgent operations performed, with the potential to...
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