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Building In-Country Partnerships

Partnership is critical for effective medical outreach and sustainable programs. Find resources to create strong, mutually beneficial partnerships to achieve desired health outcomes. Collaboration and participation empowers local health care providers and leads to effective programs. Find guidelines for sustainable partnerships, public-private collaboration as well as ethical considerations for medical outreach practices.

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Guiding Principles for Sustainable Partnerships

Sustainable Partnerships

A Model for Sustainable Short-term International Medical Trips  (U Washington, 2007)

Building Partnerships in the Americas: A Guide for Global Health Workers, by Margo J. Krasnoff, MD, ed.

Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research – Building Respectful and Collaborative Partnerships

Community Tool Box – Toolkits

Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships

Health COMpass – Capacity Strengthening Tools  (multiple topics)

Health Education Program for Developing Countries – Evidence-Based Community Health Screening and Education Guidelines (English, French, Khmer, Mandarin, Spanish)

Open Educational Resources (OER) Africa: Journal Articles – Lessons Learned About Coordinating Academic Partnerships from an International Network for Health Education (Airong Luo and Kathleeen Ludwig Omollo)

Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences – Building Institutions through Equitable Partnerships in Global Health

The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy – Digital Editions of Global Health and Diplomacy (Various articles including “A Call to Action on Community Health Workers”)

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine – Exploring Lessons Learned From Partnerships to Improve Global Health and Safety: Workshop in Brief

The Shoulder to Shoulder Model – Channeling Medical Volunteerism Toward Sustainable Health Change (UNC, 2007)


Unite For Site

International Development and Capacity Building

Partnering with Local Communities


World Economic Forum – Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action

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Featured Resource

Implementation Manual for WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

Safe surgery helps save lives, relieves disability, and prevents death from neglected common conditions. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist helps improve the safety of surgery and avoid potentially preventable surgical complications. 

Americares is committed to advancing safe surgical and anesthesia care. Through our Safe Surgery Initiative, we aim to improve access to safer surgery in low-resource settings by increasing the number of operating room staff that have access to and are trained in the use of pulse oximetry and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.