Clinical & Surgical Outreach Program

Amref Health Africa's Clinical & Surgical Outreach Program was established in 1957 to bring essential medical and surgical services to remote district level hospitals. Today the program continues to serve marginalized communities across Africa using light aircraft, commercial flights and road transport to visit more than 155 hospitals across Africa and provide remote communities with essential surgical services. Surgical specialists available for visits represent a wide range of areas of expertise including general surgeons, gynecologists, reconstructive surgeons, urologists, and ophthalmologists. The Clinical & Surgical Outreach Program manages outreach visits through five inter-related projects including VVF/Safe Motherhood Outreach that targets women with vesico-vaginal fistulas and the Reconstructive Surgery project which targets children and adults living with cleft lip and palate. Last year in 2013, over 5,000 operations were performed and over 21,000 patients received consultations.

Activities

Through the Clinical & Surgical Outreach Program, Amref Health Africa: 1. Provides reconstructive surgical procedures free-of-charge at hospitals, health facilities, and surgical camps for patients living in remote communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa 2. Provides formal, classroom-based training and informal, on-the-job training to local doctors to build their capacity to be able to perform the surgical procedures 3. Provides formal and informal training to local nurses, clinical officers, laboratory staff, and other support staff in pre-operative care, post-operative care, and preventative care to prevent many health issues that require surgery from the outset

Locations

  • South Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Somalia
  • Rwanda
  • Ethiopia
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health

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