During 2019, NED activity has focused on one hand, on organizing and carrying out a total of 35 missions (two of them non-Sanitary), the majority, Neurosurgical, but also other specialties that have joined our project as Intensive, Anesthesiology, Traumatology, Gynecology and Neurorehabilitation, which have displaced 147 (3 non-Sanitary) volunteers during this year. We have considered it appropriate to space our missions one more year in order to verify that the Institute can begin to function independently.
Chronologically, we began the year with the first Neurosurgical mission to the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute continuing the work training and care work in the center
We continue with the first mission 2019 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 incorporation of a volunteer specialist in Anesthesiology who remained at the Institute until the middle of April.
In parallel, we receive in Valencia the visit of our Coordinator of Nursing of the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute, Ms. Hadia Nahoda to make one rotation is surgery thanks to the Hospital Univ. de la Ribera. Her stay lasted until the beginning of March.
In February, four missions were conducted: Neurosurgical 2, Neurointensive 1 and Gynecology 1.
The Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute received this month, two new missions coordinated by two veteran neurosurgeon volunteers accompanied by a magnificent group of solidarity professionals who have done a magnificent work both in the treatment of patients, organization of the material as in the training of the staff of our Institute.
We continue with a new mission of the Intensive Care Project developed by NED in the ICU of Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and the Recovery Room of the Mnazi Mmoja NED Institute. Their work focused, in addition to the assessment and care of patients, in the creation of a teaching plan that includes the fundamental aspects of Intensive Medicine.
One more year in February, a new Gynecological mission has traveled to the Chake Chake Hospital on the Pemba Island (Tanzania), making visits to patients in outpatient clinics, pediatric consultations, inpatient controls, and attention to the needs of the delivery room, along with surgeries. scheduled and cures in the operating room.
During this month, we received the visit of Dr. Gerald Mayaya to perform a rotation as a Neurosurgery resident, within our agreement for the training of young specialists with COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa), at the Hospital Univ. de la Ribera, who was in Valencia until March 31st.
A new mission of the Intensive Care Project started our March activity. This was followed by another one, coordinated by the head of the Project, Dr. Extremera Navas, who remained on the island until early April.
We continue with a Multidisciplinary mission composed of Neurosurgeons, Anesthesiologists, Pediatric Surgeons and Nurses, continuing with the training and assistance care goals at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute.
Our President and Volunteer, Dr. Piquer, went to the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute, where several interventions were performed, reviews of the NED materials stored in the Hospital and making a list of needs, as well as meetings with local staff.
In April, Dr. Sara García Gil-Perotín, intensivist and neurologist, continued with the Intensive Care Project and its objectives initiated in the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, staying there for a month.
In mid-May, a new 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 the healthcare staff, remaining in Zanzibar until mid-June.
We started June with the 17th non-Sanitary mission, bound for the Sebleni Village and the Mazizini Orphanage; our Project coordinator together with the Sewing Workshop Coordinator designed new pieces and held training workshops in Sewing, Dressmaking; crafts with recycled materials and local fabrics; games and excursions with children.
Coinciding with a new Multidisciplinary mission was held from June 10th to 12th at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute, coordinated by Dr. González-López and Dr. Riesgo Suárez, the “3DN NED Foundation Neuroanatomy Training I Cycle, 3rd Course. Vascular module: Aneurysms & AVMs. Skull Base Module: Anterior & Middle Skull Base. Endoscopic & Microscopic Approaches” approved by COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa) for Neurosurgical training, with great attendance success. In addition to the lectures with 2D and 3D media, a practical Workshop and 3DN Anatomy of the spine were held.
We began in July with another International mission of Intensive Care, in which teaching sessions were held early in the morning, continuing with the theoretical-practical training program of the local ICU staff, both doctors and nurses. They continued to complete the database.
Then came to the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute one new mission Neurosurgical, who spent consultations and performed interventions surgical of Neurosurgery together with the assessment of patients both pediatric and adult.
Subsequently, a new Neurosurgical mission arrived at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute, who performed consultations and Neurosurgical interventions together with the evaluation of both pediatric and adult patients.
At the end of this month, Dr. Aamer Malik Khan (Traumatology) travelled to the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute on a one-month mission with the aim of carrying out educational and care work as well as the management and organization of medical equipment that arrived by air, thanks to his mediation, on 9 pallets shipped on July 22nd, 2019, to Zanzibar.
These 9 pallets contained medical material and are the result of the collaboration of numerous entities, especially the Hospital Vithas Aguas Vivas, and the volunteers who have donated it to the Foundation.
The Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute received in August, one new mission coming from the prestigious Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville (USA), in the which conducted sessions clinics daily, consultations, interventions and cures, as well as sessions of training to the staff of local Nursing in the acquisition of knowledge in the operating room.
In August, the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute received 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 local Nursing staff in the acquisition of knowledge in the operating room.
We continue with one 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.
We ended the month with one new Intensive Care mission, coordinated by Dr Colomo González who remained on the island until the third week of September.
We started September with the 18th non-Sanitary mission; Ms. Mireia Sánchez Gaya remained in Zanzibar until the end of October continuing with projects that the Foundation is developing in the Sebleni Village with the group of Village’s women, Matumaini, in the Mazizini Orphanage and with the Daraja Foundation.
We continued with a Neurosurgical mission, in which 14 surgeries were carried out. Participated in the activity of external consultations, with discussion of clinical cases in conjunction with local medical personnel in training. Review of the Institute’s consumables and medications, as well as review of the surgical material of the available instrument boxes. Daily ward visits were made. They worked together with local doctors to adjust the pharmacological treatment of patients, surgical wound care, and the corresponding general and hygienic-postural guidelines.
Within our Gynecology Project, a new and well-nourished mission arrived in Pemba on September 29th, staying there until October 7th, continuing with the work and objectives of the project.
October began with a Multidisciplinary mission, conducting morning clinical sessions. Visit of patients in an outpatient clinic and hospital ward. Programmed interventions. Performed, together with the Pediatric Surgeon, surgical interventions in pediatric population of the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital. Organization of medical supplies.
Our President and Volunteer, Dr José Piquer Belloch (Neurosurgeon) accompanied by Dr Mahmood Qureshi (Neurosurgeon) began on the 24th a tour of different Hospitals in the Region.
They visited together the Consolata Hospital of Nyeri (Kenya) and Mbarara Hospital in Uganda in order to establish NED Foundation cooperation with the aforementioned hospitals. In addition, they carried out various surgical interventions, as well as theoretical and practical training for local staff.
We closed October with the arrival in Zanzibar of Dr Marcos Barrio de Pedro (Intensivist), to continue with our Intensive Care Project at the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, staying on the Island until December 7th. His work focused on carrying out activities related to patients clinical care admitted to the intensive care unit. Training of local health personnel, as well as the continuation of the objectives set out in the Project.
Continuing our teaching program, the ” XII Course of Clinical-Surgical Neuroanatomy for Nursing and other Health Professionals ” took place in the Hospital Univ. de la Ribera and in the Hospital 9 de Octubre, organized by NED, the Chair of Neurosciences CEU -NISA and Hospital Univ. de the Ribera, with remarkable success of participation in both students and teachers.
We started November with a Neurosurgical mission. During their stay, they performed: the patients review in consultation with neurosurgical disease. Carrying out surgical interventions. Preoperative and postoperative evaluation of the operated patients. Cleaning and disinfection of the operating room and equipment. Review of surgical instruments boxes. Placement of sanitary material. Preparation of the operating room for the beginning of the surgical activity. Daily review and cure of patients operated and surgical wounds.
At the beginning of November, a new mission of our Mnazi Mmoja Hospital Intensive Care Project, remaining on the Island until November 26th. Their work focused on carrying out activities related to patients clinical care admitted to the intensive care unit. Training of local health personnel, as well as the continuation of the objectives set out in the Project.
NED starts a new Gynecology-Neurosurgery project in Pemba.
On November 10th, arrived for the first time one mission joint Gynecological-Neurosurgical to the hospital of Wete District Hospital in Pemba. They joined health of different hospitals in Valencia and Barcelona for this mission. His work is focused on the development and continuation of the goals of the Project NED Gynecology and Neurosurgery, proving in this latter case the basis for one collaboration continued in Pemba.
On November 10, a combined Gynecology-Neurosurgical mission arrived at Wete District Hospital in Pemba for the first time. Healthcare workers from different hospitals in Valencia and Barcelona joined for this mission. Their work focused on the development and continuation of the objectives of the NED Gynecology and Neurosurgery Projects, in the latter case the basis for a continued collaboration in Pemba.
In parallel, a new mission from the Intensive Care Project traveled to Zanzibar. During their stay they focused on carrying out activities related to the admitted patients clinical care to the intensive care unit. Training of local health personnel, as well as the continuation of the objectives set out in the Project.
Coming from Pemba, a Neurosurgical mission coordinated by Dr Jose Piquer Belloch (Neurosurgeon) began at the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute, carrying out several external consultations, with discussion of clinical cases in conjunction with the local medical staff in training; review of the Institute’s medical equipment and medicines, daily patient visits; specific training of local staff.
From November 18th to 22nd, the “2nd Training Course on Neuro-Critical Patient Care” took place, organized, and coordinated by Drs. Extremera Navas and Piquer Belloch, who brought together a large group of professionals who acted as teachers in the course, divided into two training groups for Doctors and Nursing staff, bringing together 55 attendees.
We closed this active year, with a Neurosurgical mission which was incorporated into the Coast Provincial General Hospital, in addition to healthcare issues for patients and surgical interventions, they held training sessions with local staff.
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