Once again, the NED Summer was active and exciting
Only in July 2017, 22 Volunteers in 6 missions gave their time to our projects.
The month began with Dr Andreas Leidinger moving to the Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (MOI) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as the fellowship/contract recipient offered by the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine University and the NED Foundation.
After spending 4 months at the MOI, Dr Leidinger traveled to Zanzibar to spend another 4 months at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Instritute.
During his period at MOI, Dr. Leidinger carried out the following activities:
- Logistics: medication control, surgical material, equipment maintenance status, building, order, cleaning. Skype sessions with NED weekly. Mission logistics organization: volunteer pick-up, accommodation and waiting list.
- Assistance: Coordination of consultations, surgeries, emergencies. Control and update NED database (Access and Excel). Photo library control and update. Control cleaning and patient care by nursing. Register waiting list.
- Teaching: Organization of daily clinical session: 8.30 (no mission); 8.00 (mission). Weekly teaching session by local staff/fellow. Previous organization possible courses.
- Researcher: Coordination of research projects in collaboration with Weill Cornell (Contact Dra. Maria Santos). Control monitoring of hydrocephalus/ spina bifida protocols.
We have continued with the first Neurosurgical mission transferred to Consolata Hospital Mathari located in Nyeri (Kenya) after the stay of Dr Fabio Spanu
It was composed of Dr Jose Mª Torres Campa-Santamarina (Neurosurgeon and coordinator), Dr Esperanza Arcas Navarrete (Neurosurgeon), Dr Enrique Fernandez Torres (Military Doctor), and Mrs. Laura Garcia Rigueras (Nurse).
Their work consisted of: assessment of patients in consultations, clinical assessment and selection of patients with neurosurgical pathology. Planning and execution of surgical activity. Teaching functions of local nursing personnel in the acquisition of knowledge in the operating room. Follow-up of the operated patients.
Almost simultaneously, a new Multidisciplinary mission involving new specialties incorporated into our projects departed for the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute.
La mencionada Misión está coordinada por el Dr. José Piquer Belloch (Neurocirujano), junto al Dr. Javier Colomina Rodríguez (Microbiólogo), Dra. Rocío Falcón Abad (Microbiólogo), Dra. Beatriz Boscá Martínez (Médico de Familia), Dra. Lola Navarro Pérez (Neurorrehabilitador), Dª Aitana López García (Enfermera) y los estudiantes de Medicina: Dª Carmen Arveras Martínez, D. Gonzalo Botella Casas y D. José Luis López Guillén.
The aforementioned Mission is coordinated by Dr Jose Piquer Belloch (Neurosurgeon), together with Dr Javier Colomina Rodriguez (Microbiologist), Dr Rocio Falcon Abad (Microbiologist), Dr Beatriz Bosca Martinez (Family Doctor), D. Lola Navarro Perez (Neurorehabilitation Doctor), Mrs. Aitana Lopez Garcia (Nurse) and Medicine students: Mrs. Carmen Arveras Martinez, Mr. Gonzalo Botella Casas and Mr. Jose Luis Lopez Guillen.
Also, Dr Olga Gonzalez Aleman (Intensivist), Dr Sara Alvarez-Ossorio Cisneros (Intensivist) and Mrs. Sara Achahbar Garcia (Nurse), together with Dr Rocio Aragones (Intensivist) and Dr Mª Mar Aguilar Diaz (Emergency Physician) traveled as participants in the NED ICU Project to the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital,
During their stay they focused on advising/teaching the Hospital nursing staff in the Intensive Care Unit. They worked with them during the working day, developing their own nursing activities in a teaching way to try to improve the staff training: techniques explanation, care, monitors, … Own nursing activity in the intensive care unit: care management, treatments and techniques typical of a critical care unit. Collaboration with the health personnel of the NED Surgical Institute in the healthcare activity carried out there.
And to close this July, from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (USA), Dr Christopher Bonfield (Neurosurgeon), Dr Reid C. Thomson (Neurosurgeon) and Mrs. Elizabeth Halley Vance (Nurse) arrived at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute.
During their stay they were in charge of evaluating patients in consultations, clinical evaluation and selection of patients with neurosurgical pathology. Planning and execution of surgical activity. Teaching functions of local nursing personnel in the acquisition of knowledge in the operating room. Follow-up of the operated patients.