Why Reconstructive Surgery?
Reconstructive surgery has a significant role to play in Africa with a high incidence of suffering from deformity and disability caused by birth defects, accidents and disease. Reconstructive surgery can return function to limbs and lives, without which people may be cast from their communities with little hope of independence, employment or quality of life. Healthcare in the nation is challenged and resource poor: there is 1.4 doctors, nurses and midwifes to a population of 10,000 people (2019); no reconstructive surgeons, and one orthopaedic surgeon. Sierra Leone and its people need our help to recover; to train the surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists that will help change the face of healthcare in the country and rebuild bodies and lives broken by war and disease
Our Project for Anaesthetists
Today in Sierra Leone there is only one consultant Anaesthetist. Resurge Africa has raised money to train one anaesthetist, Dr Mohamed Kargbo (see below) who has completed a placement at Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore, India and in 2017 began his 4 year Anaesthetist training in Ghana. On Completion he will return to the Holy Spirit Hospital as part of the new Reconstructive Surgery Unit team. Resurge has provided further training for a nurse anaesthetist based at HSH and provides support to the new Sierra Leonean Anaesthetics training programme enabling its trainee, Dr Wale, to take his primary exams in Ghana.
How can you help us towards a brighter future?
Since 1992 Resurge Africa has worked to successfully establish a self-sustaining reconstructive surgery unit in Ghana, we’ve proven that we can change the face of reconstructive surgery in West Africa – but we can’t do it without your help.
What does is cost?
- It costs £40,000 for post graduate training as an Anaesthetist
- If 42 supporters gave £20 per month – this would pay for 1 years training for an Anaesthetist trainee.
- A fully trained Anaesthetist will save and transform countless lives during the span of his career. Your donation of £20 per month would have a real impact on those lives.
Whether it’s a monthly contribution (Donate now by Pay Pal), a one-off donation (Donate now by Virgin Money Giving), or regular fundraising, every penny you give to Resurge Africa helps fund the training of our young doctors and the creation of a reconstructive surgery unit where it’s needed most.
If you have any questions about our work or think you can help in any way, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2002, Sierra Leone emerged from a brutal, decade-long civil war. Its infrastructure, including hospitals and medical training, was decimated. Both the country and its people were left broken.
Today, Sierra Leone is at peace but still suffering from the effects of conflict, a catastrophic Ebola epidemic (over 90 qualified medical professionals lost their lives) and are now feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sierra Leone and its people need our help to recover; to train the surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists that will help change the face of healthcare in the country and rebuild bodies and lives broken by war and disease.
In Ghana, ReSurge Africa has been instrumental in the creation of a thriving reconstructive surgery unit – the country’s first – run by a team of international-standard surgeons and medical staff who deliver training and support to other hospitals in the region.
At the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, we are developing Sierra Leone’s first reconstructive surgery unit. The infrastructure has been supported by the work of Italian charity Fondazione Don Gnocchi, and Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and other donors; Resurge Africa is now training the staff that will run the unit independently, creating a self-sustaining facility that will eventually provide support and training to other medics in Sierra Leone.
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