Five billion people lack access to basic surgical care worldwide, and to try to bridge this gap, in 2013 a group of surgeons created the “Global Surgery” Commission (lancetglobalsurgery.org).
This Agency has three main objectives: to highlight the precarious situation of surgery worldwide, to carry out economic studies on surgery and anesthesia, and to develop strategies to improve access to them.
To complete this task, the “Global Surgery” has 22 commissioners, including representatives of professional societies, government agencies, NGOs and academic institutions from 14 countries.
The NED Foundation joined the “Global Surgery” ideology in 2016, on the impact of comprehensive surgery in the fight against poverty, incorporating in the Mnazi Mmoja NED Surgical Institute of Zanzibar different surgical specialties called “Essential Surgery”.
With this initiative we have tried to join the fight to prevent the death of more than two million people a year due to lack of basic surgical care.
Based on our NED Institute together with the fact that it is accredited by COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa), it has become in the last four years a teaching center for professionals, not only in Neurosurgery, but of another large number of related specialties that, under the umbrella offered by said specialty, promote the access of the surgical branches to as many patients as possible in the Region.
Thus, since the creation of the NED Foundation, more than 900 volunteers have moved, which, together with Neurosurgery (286 volunteers) and Nursing (263 volunteers), contributes to promoting “Essential Surgery” incorporating other essential specialties such as Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Gynecology, Traumatology, General and Pediatric Surgery, … in a free healthcare center in one of the poorest areas of the world.
This project aims to develop the Regional Neurosurgery through an educational and clinical appearance without forgetting the provision of equipment and supplies.
The NED foundation seeks to establish training programs and facilitate the development of regional neurosurgery at both the medical and nursing levels.
The neuro-endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus and organizing courses in different hospitals in the region was a first link, already consolidated, which allowed us to know the demand and situation in other clinical aspects of neurosurgery: tumors, trauma, infections, etc., also mostly affects children.
In 2008 we started this project at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar (Tanzania) and later at the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa (Kenya). We provide them with the necessary material through funds of the Foundation and, thanks to a bag of volunteers; we are organizing a monthly neurosurgical mission.
Since then we have grown a lot with more than 14 annual missions and 80 volunteers. It has been a great step to build in the future the first “NED Surgical Institute” in Africa. The Ministry of Health of Zanzibar has given us the land within the Mnazi Mmoja hospital enclosure, we already have plans. We lack the official release, find funding and get started!