In 2007, Drs. Peter O’Brien, Piotr Blachut and Trevor Stone, three orthopaedic surgeons from the UBC Department of Orthopaedics, were invited to visit Uganda to investigate the emerging health crisis of traumatic injuries.  A year later, the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Makerere University established a formal partnership call the Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program (USTOP) to reduce the human suffering, disability and poverty caused by traumatic injuries in Uganda.