Operation Hernia Team in Ho

Operation Hernia Mission to Ho, Ghana – October 2016

Operation Hernia thanks the clinical and administrative staff at the Volta Regional Hospital in Ho, Ghana for an excellent week of hernia surgery this year. We also thank Mr Chances who graciously hosts us at his beautiful hotel.

Operation Hernia Team in Ho

Operation Hernia Team in Ho

Operation Hernia first travelled to Ho in 2011. Volunteers have returned every year since. This year’s team included Miriam Adebibe, Naami McAddy, David Defriend, Odd Mjaland and Kelly Shine. Each one of us has been on at least one prior trip to Ho. This is proof that Ho has a way of calling us back!

Surgical team working in the operating theatre

Surgical team working in the operating theatre

As a volunteer I find these trips restorative. We help patients every day at home. However the pace and the administrative frustrations can lead to burnout. Overseas, the privilege of helping others is so obvious. Despite a busy day, there is time to reflect on the joy of meaningful work. In the evenings all seriousness gives way to laughter, storytelling and dance!

If you are a surgeon, an anesthesiologist or a medical student reading this and contemplating your first international volunteer experience, I encourage you to reach out to Operation Hernia. Come and join us!

Kelly Shine