The work continues, despite the Ebola epidemic! Although the incidence of new cases in Sierra Leone shows signs of leveling off, the removal of some road blocks has led to the discovery of villages with unrecorded cases. Our International missions have been temporarily discontinued, as we encourage patients to come from outlying areas with the probability of bringing infection with them. However, ReSurge continues to train two Sierra Leonean surgeons in Ghana, ready for when the Holy Spirit hospital is able to resume the reconstructive surgery programme and accommodate patients and clinical staff from further afield. The main purpose of the charity is to train local doctors, so that the country can be independent from outside help. The time when we will be most needed will be when our two surgeons return from Ghana to Sierra Leone – in order to guide, supervise and help them to bring some order to their task. There will be plenty to do!
New proposed specialised intensive care unit – ReSurge Africa aims to assist Ghana (which remains free from Ebola) to become a country that is capable of looking after acute large burns. No such facility exists in West Africa. A specialised intensive care unit needs to be built. Staffed by surgeons and nurses who have already been trained in the techniques required, but lack the facilities to practice their skills. This will be expensive – about $5 million US Dollars – but absolutely necessary.
A campaign to raise this sum will be launched this year. Meanwhile training surgeons, nurses and therapists continues – at a cost!
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