January 23, 2019 – New from Valsad

The momentum of the hospital staff and the Op Med team continues to grow.  Tuesday’s case list was huge and there were several add-ons including a new baby girl delivered by c-section around 3:30pm.  We feel so blessed to be the “Welcome to the World” committee for this precious infant.  Our total case count at …

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January 22, 2019 – Update from Valsad Camp

We cannot say enough about the efficiency of the Kasturba OR team!  The staff moves with choreographed precision not to be challenged.  Patients are whisked from the OR to the PACU and the next case is on the table and ready for the next procedure.  Op Med volunteers along with our local colleagues performed 42 …

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January 21, 2019 – 2019 Mission in Full Swing

Operation Medical’s third visit to Kasturba Hospital, comprised of 33 volunteers, is in full swing.  As always, we received a very warm welcome Saturday with a formal ceremony including blessings, speeches and declaration of “Let the camp begin!”    Our free surgery camps are conducted under the pretense that the patients are never charged for our …

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Dessalines Day in Haiti

Today is “Dessalines Day” in Haiti and the Haitians have chosen this day to protest the corruption of their government. Dessalines Day commemorates the day in 1804 when Jean-Jacques Dessalines declared independence and restored the country’s native name. It commemorates ancestors and other loved ones who have died fighting for freedom. After the earthquake in …

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Operation Medical Sends a Team to Hospital Pierre Payan on October 13, 2018

On October 12, 2018 a team of 23 volunteers lead by Dr. Scott Barnes, will be starting their journey to Hospital Pierre Payen, in Montrouis, Haiti for a two-week medical/surgical camp. This will be Operation Medical’s FIFTH trip to Hospital Pierre Payen. Our team of surgeons, anesthesiologist, nurses and ancillary personnel from California, New York, …

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09/24/18 & 09/25/18 – Tuesday & Wednesday – Meet the Commandant

We are combining these two days into one post due to technology challenges the last few days. Facebook access is blocked at the hospital and WiFi access/speed at our place of lodging is weak at best. Our team is healthy and working together “like a well-oiled machine”.  The staff at Rwanda Military Hospital has extended …

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09/24/18 – Monday in Rwanda – Full Steam Ahead

The 2018 Rwanda Mission Team arrived safely in Kigali in various groups from Friday, September 21st through late Sunday, September 23rd. The majority of the team was able to visit the Rwanda Military Hospital on Sunday morning to get a look at the facilities and to screen patients.  The Rwanda Military Hospital is laid out …

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Operation Medical Heads for Kigali, Rwanda – Overview of HealthCare

An Overview of Healthcare and Surgical Care in Rwanda By Isita Tripathi With 11.92 million people, Rwanda is the smallest country in East Africa (7). However, its investment in social welfare and healthcare placed Rwanda as one of the few African countries predicted to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 (2). Public healthcare services …

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08/26/18: Zooming in the Lense

The 2018 Operation Medical surgery camp will take place at Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH) which was built in 1968 at Kanombe, a Kigali suburb, as a Military Referral Hospital. It continued to provide health care services to the military and their immediate families until after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi when doors were opened …

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08/19/18: A Closer Look

The 2018 Rwanda Surgical Mission Camp will take place in the modern capital city of Rwanda called Kigali. The city spans several ridges and valleys with lush hillsides, flowering trees, winding boulevards and bustling streets.  It is arguably one of the most attractive capital cities in Africa, as well as easily one of the cleanest …

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