Every year, accidents cause an estimated four million fatalities worldwide and leave 30 million people with permanent physical disabilities. As the AO Alliance Foundation points out, bone fractures resulting from traffic accidents, falls, domestic violence, etc. are an important global public health problem. It is a little-known fact that, as well as causing lifelong disabilities in many cases, these types of injury are also responsible for 30 percent more deaths than the three biggest communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis) combined. Only a negligible proportion of the total development aid poured into healthcare is available for accident treatment. This makes long-term partnerships with organisations such as the Johnson & Johnson Foundation all the more important to the AO Alliance Foundation. Together, the two foundations run the West Africa Trauma Education Program (WATEP) – a project they set up in West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire) in 2019. The aim is to establish local, long-term capacities for treating injuries and fractures, strengthening the healthcare system over the long term and ensuring the necessary expertise in accident surgery. A detailed report will be available to read at thephilanthropist.ch from September.