Weʼve raised £1,860 to Fund Simon to join a British and Canadian Team in November 2018 to Central Ghana to do HERNIA Surgery - EFFECTIVE and SUSTAINED help.
- London, UK
- Funded on Tuesday, 30th October 2018
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Inguinal hernia is the commonest treatable surgical condition worldwide. Untreated hernias kill 50,000 men each year in Africa.
One billion people worldwide are without healthcare and one billion have minimal access to healthcare. Eleven percent of the global burden of disease can be treated by surgery. In rural Africa caesarean section and hernia are the commonest elective surgical procedures. However, both of these operations are carried out much less frequently than required with the result that neglected hernias cause mortality (from strangulation) and physical incapacity. Since hernias are so common this burden of neglect falls disproportionately on hernia sufferers.
Unlike many surgical procedures, a simple, cheap 30 minute hernia operation returns the patient to full health. The modern and very effective technique is to repair the hernia with by using which can be very cheap and affordable (sometimes using mosquito mesh), and has given excellent results in thousands of patients.
The lifetime risk for hernia of men is 27% and for women 3%. There are an estimated 6.3 million untreated inguinal hernias in sub-Saharan Africa. The prevalence in rural areas of Northern Ghana is more than 10 times the predicted level because of the near total neglect of hernia surgery for many years. This has resulted in many men suffering large incapacitating hernias which limit their daily activities. Every African living in a remote village can tell a story about a relative or village member who died due to the untreated complications of a hernia. In rural areas more men suffer from hernia than suffer from HIV.
Hernia Surgery is a SUSTAINED healthcare intervention that not only benefits the individual affected but the entire community by allowing people to return to providing for their whole family.
- 9 months ago
Simon Atkinson9 months ago
Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues who kindly supported my 2 week trip to rural Ghana to do hernias. We did over 300 operations in 9 working days and your support has made a massive sustainable difference to people with little access to healthcare and whose lives are very hard. I've got some photos (with permission!) of the kind of conditions we treated and I can show them to you when we meet. Again, thank you so much for making a difference, one person at a time. Best wishes Simon
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Oct 22, 2018
What an example to us all, In your own words... may the force be with you!
Oct 9, 2018
It'll make a pleasant change from a Whipples.
Oct 9, 2018
Oct 5, 2018
Will look forward to he fisherman's tales in December. Good luck.
Oct 3, 2018
All the very best with this worthy cause, Simon.
Sep 23, 2018
best of luck!
Sep 13, 2018
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