WFNS June 2020 Newsletter

The World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS)
Newsletter June 2020
Message from the
Editor
The first item in the June WFNS Newsletter is the 12 May 2020 letter from the President and the Chair of Committee Activities, Franco Servadei and P. David Adelson respectively.

With this issue of the Newsletter, we introduce a section “Global Neurosurgery”. This month’s section focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic; President Servadei’s report leads off the section.

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Statements
Letter from WFNS President and Chair of Committee Activities

To all the Officers of the Administrative Council and to all Committee Chairs,

The worldwide pandemic of COVID- 19 has impacted all of us both professionally and personally. In these unprecedented times, our usual way of doing business has been altered, possibly forever. Our mission remains the same though, and that is to raise the level of neurosurgical knowledge globally, to provide the best care to our patients all across the world.


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COVID-19 WFNS President

Neurosurgeons are a small community of about 50000 people all around the world. Until now we were a highly technological branch of Surgery with limited collaborations with Neurologists, Neuroradiologists, ENT surgeons, Maxillofacial surgeons, Oncologists and Rehabilitation Physicians.

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COVID-19 World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the health technical arm of the United Nations (UN), with core functions that include:
- providing leadership on crucial health matters,
- setting the research agenda for generating and disseminating valuable knowledge,
- creating standards and guidelines, articulating ethical and evidence-based policies,
- providing technical support to build sustainable health system capacity,
- monitoring health situations and assessing health trends.


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COVID-19 China

Over the past five months, as the largest medical center in central epidemic area (Tongji Hospital, Wuhan), we have witnessed and participated in the fight against the epidemic of COVID-19. This pandemic has disrupted all aspects of society, especially the regular clinical work in the hospital[1].

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COVID-19 India

India is the largest democracy in the world with an estimated population of 1.4 billion (https://countrymeters.info/en/India). The first case of COVID-19 was reported in India on 30th January 2020 and the count as of 23rd May was 125,101 cases with 3,720 deaths and 51,784 cured (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/).

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COVID-19 Pakistan

Pakistani people are socially very active and are into public large gatherings for everything from weddings to funerals. It is considered a great insult if you do not attend these events and do not embrace and shake hands with those present.

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COVID-19 Iran

We are very pleased to write these sentences about the collaboration between COVID-19 workers and neurosurgery discipline in our center in Tehran. In our neurosurgery ward, all the elective surgical procedures with a risk or evidence of COVID-19 involvements were postponed until abatement of the acute disease.

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COVID-19 Saudi Arabia

Epidemics secondary to spreading infections are known to present a challenge to healthcare systems. Providing adequate medical treatment to individuals falling sick to the new infection becomes a priority in many hospitals.

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COVID-19 Africa

Regions across Africa had consistently been warned by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic would be hugely devastating in Africa, especially on account of the significant disparity of health care systems and facilities across the expansive continent with a population of just under 1.3 billion.

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COVID-19 Italy

I was on call the night the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the hospital where I work. I went to the ER to evaluate a suspected cauda equina patient. I remember the puzzled looks, everybody unsure about how to manage the spaces, the patient, and the family themselves.

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COVID-19 UK-London

Neurosurgery services in London, like all health services in the UK, were severely affected due to the rapid advance of the COVID-19 virus. The coming “tsunami” was clear for all to see but preparations at the government level were not at first as urgent or focused as they should have been.

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COVID-19 UK-Cambridge Protocol

Aerosol-generating procedures on COVID-19 patients or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers have the potential for virus transmission to healthcare workers (HCWs). Given that SARS-CoV2 resides within the airway, surgery for pituitary / skull base lesions when access is via the nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, or mastoid air cells has been flagged as high risk and caution recommended.

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COVID-19 Latin America

The first clinical case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China, on December 8th, 2019, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) [1,2]. The Brazilian Ministry of Health confirmed the first case in Latin America on February 26th, 2020, a 61 years old man from Sao Paulo, who had recently returned from Italy [3,4].

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COVID-19 USA

It has been over 90 days since the first reported case of COVID-19 in New York City on March 1, 2020. Since then, within New York State there have been nearly 360,000 diagnosed cases, 90,000 hospitalizations, and 24,000 reported deaths related to the virus, with another approximately 15,000 deaths in the two surrounding states [1].

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COVID-19 Aspiring Neurosurgeons

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted already fragile health systems across the globe.1 The struggle to provide timely, safe and affordable neurosurgical care is essential, particularly in this public health crisis.

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Statements
Spine Committee

The current activities of the WFNS Spine Committee are below.

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Neuroanatomy Committee

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Virtual Complications Avoidance Platform

Invitation and Agenda for the Formal Global Launch Of Virtual CME Platform for Complications Avoidance In Neurosurgery.

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Statements 20-10-18 to 22 EANS Belgrade

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Statements 20-10-27 to 30 Mediterranean Association of Neurological Surgeons Cairo

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Statements 20-11-5 to 8 International Symposium Karachi

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Statements 20-11-27 to 29 Serbian Neurosurgical Society Belgrade

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Upcoming Events
27
Oct 2020
3rd MANS Congress 2020

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14
Nov 2020
XXXIX Latin American Congress of Neurosurgery | XXXIX Congreso Latinoamericano de Neurocirugía (CLAN Guayaquil 2020)

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29
Aug 2021
XVII WFNS WORLD CONGRESS OF NEUROSURGERY

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