During 2018, NED activity has focused on one hand, on organizing and carrying out 32 missions (5 of them non-Sanitary), most of them, Neurosurgical, but also of other specialties have added to our project as Intensive, Anesthesiology, Traumatology, Gynecology or Neurorehabilitation, who have displaced 127 (12 non-Sanitary) volunteers during this year. We have considered appropriate space our missions with the purpose of checking that the Institute can begin to operate in the form independently.
Chronologically, we began the year with the Resident Coordination mission from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York (USA.), which started in June 2017 and lasted until March of this year, culminating the mission established in four major topics: Logistics, Healthcare, Teaching, Research (Control / monitoring of Hydrocephalus / Spina Bifida protocols)
The first NED mission of 2018 was Neurorehabilitation care to the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute: It was extended for a month and a half, creating protocols for basic treatments for patients both in consultations and postoperatively, together with Teaching to the Institute staff in mobilizing and positioning patients after surgery. A study was prepared for the future development of a Neurorehabilitation Unit.
We continued with the first mission 2018 of the Intensive Care Project developed by NED in the ICU of Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and to the Recovery Room of the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute.
We ended the month with the first Neurosurgical mission of 2018.
In February, five missions were carried out: Neurosurgical 1, Neurointensive 3 and Gynecology 1.
The Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute received in this month, a new mission coming from the prestigious Saarland University Faculty of Medicine in Homburg (Germany), coordinated by the Prof. Dr Joachim Oertl in the which organized and reviewed materials, medication, equipment, instrumental performed, daily clinical sessions, consultations, interventions, and cures. They have emphasized that this second stay was as pleasant as the first one, especially the cooperation with the chief of anesthesiology and the (non – bureaucratic) help from Radiology Department, were splendid, and, of course and as always, the support of the local colleagues from the Neurosurgery Department was also excellent.
One more year in February, one new Gynecological mission, traveling to the Chake Chake Hospital on Pemba Island (Tanzania), making outpatient visits, pediatric consultations, inpatient controls, and attention to the needs of the delivery room, along with scheduled surgeries and cures in the O.R.
We ended the month with one new Intensive Care mission, coordinated by the head of the project, Dr Extremera Navas, who remained on the island until the third week of March.
In March, our President and Volunteer, Dr Piquer, coordinated the neurosurgical mission to the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute in which several interventions were performed, reviews of the NED material stored in the Hospital and completion of a list of needs, as well as meetings with local staff.
A new mission of the Intensive Care Project closed our March activity.
In April, a new Neurosurgical mission arrived at Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute, who in addition to consulting and performing neurosurgery surgeries, together with the evaluation of both pediatric and adult patients, the Neuronavigation system was revised. They have highlighted the great collaboration and willingness of all the staff, at the nursing and physician level.
In May, coinciding with one new Multidisciplinary mission, the “3DN NED Foundation Neuroanatomy Training. I Cycle, 1st Course” was held from the 10th to the 12th, coordinated by Dr González-López and Dr Piquer, approved by COSECSA (The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa) for Neurosurgical Training, with great attendance success. In addition to the conferences with media 2D and 3D, it was held one workshop practical and Anatomy 3DN of the spine vertebral.
It is started in this month, the 14th non-Sanitary Mission, which took place mainly in Sebleni village, where we continued with the Dressmaking Workshop, expanding the types of garments to be made by the MATUMAINI NED components.
In June, one new and large Multidisciplinary mission, joined the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute, in addition to patient care issues, presented daily bibliographic sessions to reinforce the teaching of local staff, along with reinforcement in surgical order, sterility, instrumentation surgery and techniques and care of the surgical patient. They also visited the Mazizini Orphanage.
July began with the 15th non-Sanitary Mission, integrated by our non-Sanitary and Sewing Workshop Projects Coordinators, who were accompanied by one young lawyer and economist who instructed to Matumaini components in sales and marketing management.
Once again, another mission of Care Intensive, coordinated by the head of the project, Dr Extremera Navas, were held teaching sessions early in the morning, continuing with the theoretical-practical training program of the ICU local staff, both doctors and nurses. They continued completing the database.
The Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute received in this month a new mission from the prestigious Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (USA), in which they conducted daily clinical sessions, consultations, interventions and cures, as well as training sessions for Nursing local staff in the acquisition of knowledge in the operating room.
In the middle of the month, a Portuguese neurosurgeon joined the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute who was there for a month; among her activities she highlighted: daily rounds, medical room visit, wound dressing, surgical decisions, training. Surgical activity Monday and Wednesday. Practice consultation Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Neurological examination workshops. Hospital consultation: pediatrics, oncology, orthopedics and trauma room. Organization of surgical supplies, file updates, test equipment, problem solving.
Once again, we started August with the 16th. non-Sanitary Mission, destined to the Sebleni Village and the Mazizini Orphanage; This new group of enthusiastic volunteers carried out the design of new pieces and training workshops in sewing, dressmaking; crafts with recycled materials and local fabrics; games and excursions with children.
At the same time, our volunteers in Spain participated in a new Solidarity SOKO, this time located at the Club Náutico de Jávea (Alicante)
Again, we received at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute, a new mission from the prestigious Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (USA), in which they conducted daily clinical sessions, consultations, interventions and cures, as well as training sessions for Nursing staff. local in the acquisition of knowledge in the operating room.
We completed August with two new missions of the Project of Care Intensive, whose components continued with the theoretical-practical training program of the personnel premises of the UCI, of the local ICU staff, both doctors and nurses, as well as the healthcare.
September also started with Intensive Care and in this case, focused on support and advice in the ICU of the Mnazi Mmoja hospital to nursing staff in their daily work. Also, a draft of the Organization Guide and Protocols was prepared, with the Spanish supervisors and volunteers of the UCI Project.
We continued with a Multidisciplinary mission, which carried out assistance activities: Visit patients. External consultations. Surgical interventions, as well as teaching activities: Personal training of plant and operating room.
Our President and Volunteer, Dr Piquer, remained, once again, at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute as Coordinator / Manager from August to October. His role during this time has been the Management and Coordination of the Institute, the audit, updating and maintenance of the patients’ database, performing neurosurgical and practical interventions with the new teams with local staff, as well as the coordination of the different maintenance works in the building that houses our Institute.
At the end of the month of September and coinciding with a new Multidisciplinary mission, it took place from the 27th to the 29th in the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute, coordinated by Dr González-López and Dr Piquer, the ” 3DN NED Foundation Neuroanatomy Training. I Cycle, II Course”; approved by COSECSA (The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa) for neurosurgical training, with great success in attendance and great teacher participation. Like the 1st Course, along with the conferences with 2D and 3D media, a practical Workshop and 3DN Anatomy of the spine was held.
We conclude this month with one new mission of Intensive Care Project, whose components continued with the theoretical-practical training program of the local ICU staff, both doctors and nurses, as well as healthcare.
October is started with another mission of the Intensive Care Project, whose components continued with the theoretical-practical training program of the local ICU staff, both doctors and nurses, as well as healthcare.
We continued with a new Neurosurgical mission, in which daily morning meetings were held to review the situation of admitted patients and the day’s program in charge of ward nursing; daily visit in ward: women, children, men and ICU rooms (including Mnazi-Mmoja ICU); neurosurgical interventions.
Mnazi Mmoja Hospital received the first mission of this month’s Intensive Care Project. Composed of active volunteers, they dedicated their work to assessing patients both in the Institute and in the Hospital’s ICU, encouraging decision-making and the adjustment of treatments in a reasoned way. They also conducted training “mini-sessions” for the use of the available devices (portable respirator, defibrillator, …), sedation, intubation, fluidotherapy, dialysis criteria, … to expand the training of local staff.
A new Intensive Care mission was incorporated, which continued the program started by the previous mission.
In November, the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute hosted a single Neurosurgical mission, which apart from its teaching facet in which the problems of the treated cases and the reason for one or another action have been explained, they have worked in the healthcare part with daily clinical sessions, evaluation of patients, treating emergencies derived from the ICU, wound cures of the patients intervened during it, guidelines have been given for action. and performing surgical procedures mainly in tumor and infectious pathology and CSF alterations, always involving local personnel in each action.
Continuing our teaching program, the ” XI Course on Clinical-Surgical Neuroanatomy for Nursing and other Health Professionals ” took place at the Hospital Univ. de la Ribera and at the Hospital 9 de Octubre organized by NED, the CEU-NISA Chair of Neurosciences and Hospital Univ. de la Ribera, with remarkable success of participation in both students and teachers.
We close this active year, with a Multidisciplinary mission that joined the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute, in addition to the issues of care to the patients and surgical interventions, conducted training sessions with local staff.
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