Global surgery volunteerism with operation hernia: a trainee surgeon’s experience

Global surgery volunteerism with operation hernia: a trainee surgeon’s experience

JournalInternational Journal of Surgery
Publication date – Nov – 2018
Authors – Sala Abdalla, Chris Oppong
Keywordshernia, volunteer
Open access – Yes
SpecialityGeneral surgery
World region Western Africa
Country: Ghana
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on December 8, 2018 at 1:14 pm
Abstract:

Access to adequate health services is a universal right for individuals and lack of it can have adverse consequences. The elective hernia repair rate in Ghana remains low and a considerable number of inguinal hernias still present as emergencies. Operation hernia is a charitable, UK-based organization that supports the healthcare infrastructure in Ghana through the provision of elective hernia repairs to prevent complications. Mesh repairs are carried out using sterilized, affordable mesh which is made of polyester and is a cheaper alternative to the expensive, commercial mesh. In November 2017 Operation hernia sent two teams of Surgeons and scrub nurses to work in two hospitals in Ghana. This was a successful mission that resulted in more than 150 successful hernia repairs. This article is written by a full-time general surgical ST6 Registrar detailing her first experience as a volunteer surgeon in Volta Regional Hospital in the town of Ho and the rewards reaped from this global surgical volunteerism experience.

OSI Number – 20296
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