Introduction

The main event was a Hernia Course organised for the Surgical Registrars at the teaching Hospitals at Kigali, Rwanda. This was at the invitation of the Head of Surgery at CHUK Teaching Hospital. In collaboration with Rwanda Legacy of Hope (RLOH) – a Rwandan Charity – an ENT team accompanied the Operation Hernia team.

 CONSOLIDATED PATIENT NUMBERS

 TRAINING OF SURGICAL RESIDENTS

The patients were operated on the two centres as shown below: 

Training Centre Patients Operated On
CHUK 39
Rwamagana 46
TOTAL 85

  SERVICE DELIVERY

  Hernia Surgery 

Hospital Patients Operated On Adults Children
Gahini 45 25 20
Kigeme 21 20 1
Kirinda 6 5 1
TOTAL 72 50 22
       
HERNIA TOTAL 144 100 44

  

 ENT Surgery 

Hospital Patients Operated On Adults Children
CHUK 12 0 0
       
   

  SUCCESSES

  1. Intense training of 14 Surgical Residents in hernia surgery. Most of the trainees were trained to the level of “Able to perform procedure with minimal help”. In the process, 85 patients were offered surgery for their hernias.
  2. Very good feedback from trainees regarding hernia lectures and training in the operating theatre.
  3. Effective collaboration between RLOH ENT surgeon and CHUK ENT surgeons. Plans for the 2018 mission to include training of registrars agreed were agreed.
  4. Equipping Rwandan Hospitals to the tune of over 100,000 Euros.
  5. Successful recruitment of 32 Volunteer Consultant Surgeons and Anaesthetists and Nurses from UK, Germany and Austria. They all funded their own travel and other related costs.

  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND GRATITUDE

1The Government of Rwanda arranged Medical and Nursing Registration for the RLOH Medical Team.

2. The Government of Rwanda waived all Custom and Clearance costs for medical equipment imported by RLOH

3. The Government of Rwanda provided high quality accommodation for RLOH team during their stay in Kigali. The Hospitals provided the accommodation for teams that worked in the district hospitals.

4. The Government of Rwanda funded a Certificates Ceremony.

 

CHRIS OPPONG FRCS, CONSULTANT SURGEON

MEDICAL DIRECTOR RWANDA LEGACY OF HOPE AND CHAIRMAN OPERATION HERNIA