Bringing simulation to low-income countries
Tore Lærdal was awarded the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Pioneer in Simulation Award at the 23rd annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference in Orlando, Florida. With more than 3000 attendees, IMSH is the world’s largest healthcare simulation, research, and development conference.
Tore Lærdal (right) with SSiH President-Elect, Barry Issenberg. Photo: Adam Dodson
The Pioneer in Simulation Award recognizes Tore for his leadership in the advancement of simulation in healthcare education. The award was given specifically for Laerdal’s work with partners to bring low-cost simulation-based education to healthcare workers in low- and middle-income countries through programs such as Safer Births and Helping Babies Breathe(HBB).
The Helping Mothers and Babies Survive programs are simulation-based programs. With the nearly global roll-out of Helping Babies Breathe program and the NeoNatalie simulator, healthcare providers can bring together knowledge, skills, and decision-making into simulation-based OSCEs.
The award was presented by the Director of the Gordon Center, Barry Issenberg, who highlighted the remarkable strides Laerdal has made in not only the advancement of simulation, but also in the work done together with partners to provide accessible, affordable solutions to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality around the world.