Burkina Faso is the 3rd poorest country in the World and has only 41 nurses, 13 midwives and 10 doctors per 100,000 people. With a GDP per capita of $1,200, opportunities for training and education are therefore extremely limited for Burkinabè health care providers.
For the last 3 years Medical Aid Films, a charity supported by The Portland Hospital has teamed up with the FIGO (Federation Internationale des Gynecologues Obstetriciens) to run courses in Sub-Saharan Africa for doctors and midwives. The course took place at the Centre Hospitalie Universitaire Ouedraogo in the capital Ougadougou during the week of the 11-17 June and was attended by 40 Obstetricians and 30 Midwives. The Societe des Gynecologues et Obstetriciens du Burkina (SOGOB) led by Professor Michel Akotionga is very dedicated to organize local training courses for their junior doctors and midwives but the week before departing,
Professor Jauniaux received an email from Professor Akotionga regarding the desperate situation in the operating theatre of Hospital Ouedraogo. With only one set of old surgical instruments to perform the 14 operations (C-section and vaginal hysterectomy) planned for the training week, it was going to be very difficult to run the course efficiently.
With the help of the Portland theatre staff and in particular of its manager, Miranda Eyles, who arranged for 2 full set to be donated to the operating theatre of Hospital Ouedraogo it was possible to operate all the women over 2 days and to plan for many more life-saving operations in the month to come as these surgical instruments have been made permanently available to the local obstetricians and gynaecologists.
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