Swiss surgeons operate on children in Senegal
Several Senegalese children suffering from cardiac malformation have been operated on by a medical-surgical team from the University Hospital Centre of the Canton of Vaud (CHUV) in Lausanne, which specialises in cardiac surgery on children. This one-week humanitarian mission took place at the Service for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (SCTC) of the CHU in Fann.
With this sort of mission, Tdh seeks to promote and strengthen the partnership between the Hospital in Fann and the CHUV in Lausanne. “The operation, which should cost 20 million CFA francs for each child, is free of cost, thanks to the partners who have brought state-of-the-art technology to relieve these sick children”, explained Dr Carlos Royo, Head of Tdh’s specialised health treatment programme, to the Senegalese newspaper “The Sun”:http://en.calameo.com/read/000275347a8dcf2e1fff9.
The team comprised seven members: the team head, a cardiovascular surgeon specialising in children, a paediatric cardiologist, a paediatric anaesthetist, a specialist in paediatric intensive care, a technician for extra-corporeal life-support, and a nurse for paediatric intensive care.
This humanitarian mission, the first of its kind, was organised jointly by Terre des hommes, the CHUV and the SCTC-CHU of Fann, with funding from “Enfance et vie – Fondation Rogeau” (Childhood and life – Rogeau Foundation), the collaboration of the Albert Royer Hospital and the patronage of the Swiss Embassy in Dakar.
The Tdh delegation of Senegal has been active in the country since 1979, working for the protection and health of children. In particular it has constructed, in the regional hospital in Thies, an orthopaedic centre making surgical appliances for handicapped children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The delegation also helps to look after 200 undernourished children from the paediatric service of the regional hospital in Thies.