Many of the activities of the DTC are only possible through close and confiding partnerships. Therefore we work together with selected national and international organizations whose main focus also lies in the area of developmental work. The field of engagement and emphasis of the project depends on the partner organization involved.

The various North-South-partnerships of single colleagues and hospitals work on a different level entirely. These partnerships are very rewarding and inspiring for all participants on a personal and professional level. The DTC tries to help the scholars to integrate professionally and socially in Germany. Likewise, German colleagues find professional advice and assistance in planning a stay in developing countries. Upon return they are helped in their occupational reintegration.



Surgical Working Group on Developing Countries ( CAEL)

In terms of content and personnel the German Association for Global and Tropical Surgery (DTC) is strongly interwoven with the Surgical Working Group on Developing Countries (Chirurgische

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Entwicklungsländer - CAEL) which belongs to the German Society of Surgery (DGCH). It ensures that within the large scientific community and the context of their annual congresses the aspects of operative medicine in economically disadvantaged countries are addressed. Through CAEL getting in touch with other working groups within the different surgical disciplines (and their respective societies) is facilitated. Furthermore, CAEL is expected to expand its emphasis also on relevant scientific and research aspects. The annual meetings of the DTC and the CAEL are regularly undertaken on a joint basis. For members of the German Society of Surgery the membership in the CAEL is free – an application via the secretary of the DGCH is sufficient.



Working Group on Women's Health in International Development (AG FIDE)

The AG FIDE (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Frauengesundheit in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit) is a group of health care professionals with expertise in the area of obstetrics and gynecology in low-resource settings. It provides a platform for discussion among different groups of the health care sector (e.g. doctors, midwifes, nurses). Some of their members work in low-resource settings while others are active in the field of policy or research in tropical gynecology and obstetrics. However, the common interest is the dedication to improve the health of women and girls living in developing countries.



Association for Anesthesiology in Developing Countries

This association (Anästhesie in Entwicklungsländern e.V.) was founded in 1989 as an exchange platform for experiences on anesthesiology in low-resource settings. It offers training programs geared at supporting existing human resources with adequate technology and suitable local material to decrease the dependence on foreign aid. It is a working group within the German Association of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI).



German Society of Tropical Medicine

The German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tropenmedizin und Internationale Gesundheit e.V.) was founded in 1907 and counts around 900 members. It is a scientific association which intermingles medical doctors, veterinarians, social and natural scientists who are active, researching, counseling or especially interested in this field. Besides researching and fighting against tropical diseases in developing countries and the tropics, the diagnosis and treatment of imported diseases by travelers and migrants as well as its prevention is an important field. Its assignments are knowledge exchange nationally and internationally, the promotion of teaching and research, supporting the juniors/trainees, continuing education equally in Germany as well as in the tropics, counseling of official bodies and private persons and finally producing evidence-based guidelines.



German Society for Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health

The German Society for Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health (GTP= Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und Internationale Kindergesundheit) was founded in 1983 as a sub-group of the German Society of Child and Adolescence Health (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin e.V.) and is registered as a charity organization since 2003. It aims at a close cooperation with national and international organizations (e.g. WHO) dealing with issues in the field of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health. The society is engaged in research and clinical projects.



Academy for Global Health and Development (AGGE) Würzburg

The AGGE (Akademie für Globale Gesundheit und Entwicklung) prepares medical specialists as well as experts in public health and development cooperation to work in health projects worldwide - especially in economically disadvantaged countries.



foring - Forum für Internationale Gesundheit e.V.

This association was founded in 2004 and has been joined by several members from more than 15 countries. It works as a communication platform to allow or improve exchange of experience of partners interested in International Health. Information about trainings, workshops, courses and vacant posts are available at their website.  Foring advocates for a more professional approach to humanitarian and developmental aid, aiming to improve health care in this sector.



International Federation of Rural Surgery (IFRS)

The IFRS was founded in order to bring the rural surgeons of the world together, to give them an institutional body and a forum for discussion. The aims and objectives of IFRS are:

  • To promote and upgrade affordable, appropriate surgery and health care of rural population and economically weak sections of urban population in each country.
  • To highlight and emphasize the important role played by rural surgery in the comprehensive health care of a nation.
  • To evolve and improve appropriate rural surgery and health care technologies closer to the homes of people
  • encouraging local communities to be self-sufficient in medical and surgical care.



The Association of Rural Surgeons of India (ARSI)

ARSI was founded in 1993 and aims to take appropriate surgery to the doorsteps of the rural population of India. Since ARSI believes that basic surgery can be learnt by specialists of allied surgical branches like the Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Orthopaedicians, ENT surgeons etc, the membership has been opened to them. Doctors practicing surgery for five or more years are eligible for membership.



The Overseas Surgical Fellowship Group of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland is keen to foster links with developing countries who have less developed surgical training and healthcare provision. They wish to encourage international contacts to facilitate individuals and groups to organize visits abroad in order to run surgical skill courses, provide training and lectures and, where appropriate, engage in practical surgery.



The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)

COSECSA is the second largest surgical training body in Sub-Saharan Africa and was established in 1999 to advance education, training, examination standards, research and practice in surgical care by increasing the number of appropriately trained, well qualified surgeons and surgically trained general medical officers. COSECSA delivers a common surgical training program with a common examination and an internationally recognized surgical qualification. Admission to the College is open to all registered medical practitioners who comply with the professional requirements for admission.



Netherlands Society for International Surgery (NSIS)

The NSIS is the Dutch equivalent to the DTC. Since the Netherlands are the only country offering a   qualification as tropical doctor – with training in internal medicine, paediatrics but also in surgery and Obs&Gynae – the NSIS is strongly engrained within this specialist training curriculum. In 2014 the NSIS and the DTC have held their symposia jointly in Amsterdam, where in the course of the political sessions the “Amsterdam Declaration on Essential Surgical Care” resulted, signed by 51 organizations and published in the World Journal of Surgery in April 2015.

The Amsterdam Declaration on Essential Surgical Care



Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF was founded in Paris in 1971 as a non-profit, self-governed organization and offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF rejects the idea that poor people deserve third-rate medical care and strives to provide high-quality care to patients. In 1999, when MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the awarded money was placed into fighting against neglected diseases.



International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent, impartial and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The ICRC is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.



Senior Expert Service (SES)

Although the SES is an official body of the Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation (Stiftung der deutschen Wirtschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit) it is a non-profit organization. It finances short-term missions of retired professionals of all occupational groups for projects in developing countries – amongst others also in the health care sector.



Global Initiative for Essential and Emergency Surgical Care (GIEESC) within the WHO

The GIEESC has been created as a department within the World Health Organization (WHO) by Luc Noel and Dr. Meena Cherian, an anesthesiologist and initiating mind behind all basic surgical topics within the WHO. The WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) is a global forum that convenes multidisciplinary stakeholders representing health professionals, public health experts, health authorities and local and international organizations. Established in December 2005, the GIEESC has grown to include over 2200 members from 140 countries which collaborates to share knowledge, advise policy formation and develop educational resources to reduce the burden of death and disability from conditions that could be treated through surgery. The GIEESC intends to encourage governments and medical institutions to increase their efforts in improving surgical care including obstetrical emergencies in all low-income countries.

The WHO published a comprehensive manual "Surgical Care at the District Hospital".



Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

In 2013, a group of surgeons approached editors at “The Lancet” to discuss the neglected role of surgery in public health. The journal responded by opening a “Commission on Global Surgery” to develop and assemble the best evidence on the state of surgery worldwide, to study the economics of surgical and anesthesia care delivery, and to develop strategies for improving access. The Lancet Commission has an equally political as well as scientific background. The latter has been underpinned by numerous epidemiological studies and publications, which elucidate which measures taken have a special effect in the reduction of morbidity and DALY given a specific surgical illness. This shall serve as guidance for the healthcare programs of organizations and governments in resource-limited countries.



G4 Alliance

The G4 Alliance is committed to achieving universal access to safe surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care for all human beings. In order to see this ambitious goal realized, interim targets must be set to coordinate efforts and build greater awareness. Watch this video on their homepage to learn more about the G4 Alliance's unifying global target: SAFE SURGICAL CARE FOR 80% OF THE WORLD BY 2030.



International Collaboration for Essential Surgery (ICES)

ICES' mission is to promote the effective use of low-cost surgical care to save lives and prevent disability around the world. Individuals from different backgrounds (surgeons, leaders, teachers, innovators...) are involved in this global collaborative effort to improve surgical care in developing countries asserting that  “collectively we possess the surgical, educational, technical, international, collaborative, and organizational experiences demanded to ensure that all people have access to essential surgical care”.