Fundación Clavel

Fundación Clavel is an initiative of neurosurgeon Dr. Pablo Clavel and his team, inspired by the humanitarian intention to help those who need it most.

Since 2013, we have been working to bring neurosurgery to where it is urgently needed. We work with hospitals in developing countries, to improve the quality of life of their patients and to encourage the study of diseases related to spinal pathologies. 

How do we help?

Our foundation has different programs to carry out its mission. On the one hand, we send volunteer teams of doctors and health professionals to hospitals in developing countries, and, on the other hand, we provide grants for training in spinal surgery. Every year, these grants attract qualified professionals from all over the world who come to train at the Instituto Clavel so they can improve the quality of life of patients in their countries of origin.

Medical missions

Where are they carried out?

The foundation has focused its activity in the East African region, where it has collaborated on projects in Zanzibar (Tanzania) and has promoted the creation of the first neurosurgery unit in Ethiopia.

Why there?

Since 2013, we have been working to bring neurosurgery closer to places where they really need it. Our goal is to work in overcrowded countries with a very low ratio of neurosurgeons per capita. In the case of Ethiopia, the country has more than more than 109 million inhabitants and only about twenty surgeons.

Our programs

Each year, we carry out various medical missions in which we donate hospital and surgical material, we visit patients, we perform supervised operations on those who require surgery, and train doctors and health professionals in the area. 

Training is one of the key parts of our missions to ensure that the work that inspires us can continue, even if we not there. This is why we provide training to doctors and health professionals in hospitals where we have established collaboration agreements, so that local professionals can treat patients and train the next neurosurgeons in the region.  

In addition, we focus on treating pathologies in which we are specialists and which are highly prevalent in the country, in the case of hydrocephalus and spina bifida in children; and in the case of the adult population, head and spinal trauma, brain and spinal tumors, as well as herniated discs. Currently, we carry out 5 missions a year, but our objective is to increase them so that our aid has a greater impact. 

Fundación Clavel training grants in spinal surgery

Every year, these training grants give qualified medical personnel from other countries the opportunity to receive training in the fields of neurosurgery and spinal surgery

The end goal is for the knowledge acquired during the training to improve the individuals’ professional practice, resulting in more and improved care of patients in their country of origin.

What is included in the grants?

The Fundación Clavel training grant offers financial aid to cover the grant recipient’s food and lodging, while receiving training at Instituto Clavel for a period of two to three months. Find out more here about eligibility requirements, the selection process, and the details of the grant here.

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