During June 2013, Neurosurgery, Education and Development Foundation (NED) has kept its programme of projects in East Africa. During this time several teams of specialists have traveled to Nyeri (Kenia), Pemba, and Zanzíbar (Tanzania) in order to consolidate its presence in the region.
Dr Rosa Barrachina (Gynecologist), Mrs. Ermelinda Abarca Cañadas (Midwife), Dr Susana Gallach Bañon (Gynecologist), Dr Irene Satorre Viejo (Pediatrician) and Mr. Cristian Olivert Riera (nurse)have done an excellent job in Chake Chake and Wete hospitals (Pemba Island). This mission was coordinated by Dr Rosa Barrachina and they have visited more than 200 gynecological and pediatric patients. They also have assisted several gynecological and obstetric interventions, all births were attended in the delivery rooms while they were there, the postoperative period and postpartum was controlled too as well as they were helping in the support of breastfeeding and newborn care. The Gynecologic and Pediatric project is now a reality thanks to the efforts and energy of Rosa Barrachina.
Luis Moreno (Nurse) and Dr José Piquer traveled again to the Nyeri region in the heart of Kenya. The organized, together with Dr Peter Wanyoike (local neurosurgeon), the “Intensive NeuroSurgery Day”: three operating theatres dedicated exclusively to neurosurgery. 18 patients were operated in that day: neuroendoscopies, brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, laminectomies … It was a unique fact in African neurosurgery, if we compare it with any hospital in our environment.
Lately, the team traveled to Zanzíbar to accomplish the extensive program of activities and orthopedic and neurosurgical interventions, joining the group, the following NED volunteers: Dr Gisela Alamán y Laguarda (Intensivist), Dr Pedro J. Jiménez Honrado (Traumatologist), Mrs. Olga Martín Rodriguez (Nurse), Dr Alba Monreal Jiménez (Odontologist), Mrs. África Sánchez Salas (Nurse) y Dr Cristina Silva Garrido-Lestache (Neurosurgeon).
NED’s activity in Pemba and Zanzibar achieved a record number of volunteers, 13 people in two weeks, who did an incredible healthcare and educational task: high risk obstetrics and gynecology, postoperative in newborns, traumatology and very complex neurosurgery… More than 12 hours a day of work, without dismay, without discouragement
One more time we have reached once again a five-fold program of neuro-intensive, orthopedics, gynecology, pediatrics and neurosurgery. Complicated mission but full of great satisfactions.
During this trip, we have signed the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute construction with the Ministry of Health of Zanzibar. The works will start this summer. It hasn’t been an easy journey but we finally got it. There is still much to do: finance, time, volunteers …