Rwanda Medical Mission Group
While part of our team is still enjoying a well-deserved break at a safari camp in Kenya, several of the Global Health Initiatives team members traveled home from Rwanda over the last few days. The trip home was uneventful, if long, as our total travel time was close to 35 hours. During that time we had an opportunity to reflect on the work that was accomplished and can say, without reservation, that it was one of the most successful trips to Rwanda in the seven years that Global Health Initiatives has worked in country.
Rwanda Medical Missionary trip: Blog post No. 12
Three surgeries were performed yesterday.
1. Marcel – a three year old boy with a nine day old elbow fracture.
2. Vedaste – a 35 year old male with a week old femur fracture. Vedaste was transferred here on Monday from another hospital when they learned we were here. His femur was fixed using a SIGN nail and no X-ray.
Mwiriwe (good afternoon),
After a 7:00am breakfast of oatmeal and pineapple we began a long day of work. Here is an update on the projects underway:
Gazebo: The three other trusses were completed and all the trusses were positioned on the roof and welded.
Photo information: Tony Harris and Oswarde
Photo information: power source for Gazebo tools
Well, we are here and spent our first day at Muganero Hospital.
On Saturday, many of us went to the Volcanoes National Park to see the gorillas. What an amazing experience that was! We left for the park at 6:00am, got there at about 6:45am, and waited for the guides to separate us into groups of eight, whereupon we got into park vehicles and drove to various starting points.
The Summit County medical missionary group in northern Rwanda providing relief to the area took a tour of the Volcanoes National Park to visit the gorillas who there. Here are some photos they captured during their visit.
Susan Zayas Gruber, CRNA, and a Virunga Mountin Gorilla, 28 July, 2012, Rwanda.
Earlier this week, the Centura team completed the first 2-day training session on the Ponseti casting method to correct club foot in children. The training began with introductions from Gian Piero Taricco, from the Centre de Chirurgie Orthopédique Pédiatrique et de Réhabilitation Ste Marie in Rilima, Rwanda; Dr. Peter Janes from Vail Summit Orthopedics; and Dr. Emmanuel Nsengyimava, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon from The Centre. Following a video presentation on the Ponseti method, students from all over Rwanda were soon elbow deep in plaster, practicing the technique using models of club feet.
The packing of the anesthesia piece of the 2012 summer trip to Rwanda began for me during last year’s 2011 summer trip to Rwanda. I took mental notes and digital pictures of the anesthesia medications and supplies the hospital in Mugonero had and made lists of what anesthesia medications and supplies I thought we should bring in 2012.
Medical teams from Global Health Initiatives (GHI) have been traveling twice a year for 6 years to Rwanda to provide surgical care for patients in the area around Mugonero Hospital on the shores of Lake Kivu in the Western area of Rwanda. This is the third trip for Peter Janes, M.D. and his team from Summit.
Today, July 23, Patti Janes, Deb Edwards and Lynda Kithil depart for Kigali. They will arrive Tuesday evening and travel on Wednesday to Rilima where Dr. Janes and his colleague, Paula Enrietto, are conducting training sessions for the club foot program.
Rwanda Medical Missionary trip: Blog post No. 3
As our team prepares for their journey to Rwanda next week, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the many of you who have expressed their interest and best wishes for our trip. We could never undertake such an endeavour without the support of so many generous friends, colleagues, and our entire Summit County Community, and beyond.
This will be a very ambitious trip involving some 20 participants, eight of us from Summit County, and various people working on seven defined projects. More opportunities to assist will arise when we are there, I suspect, as they always do.