We have started 2022 full of enthusiasm! Over the next three months, the first COSECSA resident programme training three local doctors will be held at the NED Institute in Zanzibar; specialists in Neurosurgery and Intensive Care will participate in several medical missions, a neuroanatomy course will be organised in March, and we will renew the agreement for the House of Hope.
The NED Foundation has resumed its medical training missions at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute in Zanzibar (Tanzania). In the next three months, an intense work plan will be developed in Zanzibar, coordinated from the island by the President and founder of NED, Dr Jose Piquer.
As a highlight, the first resident programme of the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) has already started. Three residents are participating in this programme: Dr Mulhati Abdalla, Dr Seif Khamis Lali and Dr Faisal Imail. COSECSA resident Dr Muly has already started her rotation in neurosurgery this week.
Dr Muly (right), the first COSECSA resident at the NED Institute, performing her first surgery with the assistance of Dr Piquer (left)
In parallel, a programme of intensive care missions will be initiated. In addition, four neurosurgery medical missions with specialist volunteers are scheduled until next April. A new Neuroanatomy course is also scheduled to be held at the Institute in March.
Finally, we are expecting to renew the agreement for the development of the House of Hope, a transit home for children with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida and their families. In 2021, the NED Foundation signed a collaboration agreement with two local entities – the Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Case Organization (HSBCO) and the Tanzanian NGO Child-Help – to establish this centre. Integrating the health, social and management resources of the three organisations, this health education project hosts families before, during and after surgeries; empowers families through training activities on caregiving; and develops awareness campaigns on patients’ rights, prevention, and information to reduce the stigma surrounding these diseases. Together with the medical support offered by the Foundation, this centre aims to offer a more holistic solution for patients with hydrocephalus and spina bifida.