In November 2016 ReSurge Chairman Mr. Odhran Shelley and Dr Scott Brown undertook a medical mission to Sierra Leone. Dr Brown is a ReSurge Director and founder of sister charity Surg+Restore, based in the USA.
One of the objectives of this mission was to evaluate the aftermath and impact of both the Ebola crisis recovery and the recent devastating fire which demolished the Physical Therapy department and medical laboratories at the Holy Spirit Hospital, Makeni.
During their visit, Mr. Shelley and Dr Brown held meetings with HSH Medical Director Patrick Turay, administrators, the HSH chairman and directors from the supporting archdiocese based in Italy. They also held meetings with representatives of the Clinton Health Initiative within the Ministry of Health & Sanitation and the heads of the Surgery Department at Connaught Hospital – Vital meetings for future collaboration and the ongoing success of our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery project in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone has a population of nearly 7 million residents. The entire nation boasts less than 200 medical doctors and less than 20 surgeons. There are no residency training programs for any specialty. At the major teaching hospital in Freetown, 2/8 of their surgeons died in the recent Ebola crisis and the same epidemic claimed the life of the Dean of the medical school.
Another important objective of the visit was to meet and interview potential Anaesthesiology training candidates. Interviews were held with 4 Sierra Leonean doctors, who have recently graduated from medical school. They have all expressed interest in our fully funded specialty training programs in Ghana for Anaesthesiology and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.
Mr Shelley and Dr Brown spent two days of operating at HSH. This gave them the opportunity to assess the flow and logistics and evaluate the progress of operating room personnel, nurses and nursing students.
From Sierra Leone Mr. Shelley and Dr Brown travelled to Ghana for meetings with the Anaesthesia department at ReSurge partner Korle-Bu training hospital, in Accra.