In April 2016, SLI embarked on our maiden medical mission to the Kabala Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. This hospital is the only referral hospital for the then Koinadugu District whose healthcare needs are served by only two general practitioner doctors with no surgeon on staff.
The medical mission was conducted from April 7 through April 18, 2016 with activities that include conducting surgeries in direct collaboration with the hospital staff, hands on training of local medical staff on pre-operative preparation, post op recovery and donation of medical supplies & equipment to the Kabala Hospital.
The 15-man volunteer team comprised of twelve medical professionals headed by surgeons Ralph Salvagno MD and Frank Collins MD. The volunteer medical team in collaboration with resident hospital medical staff performed 72 surgeries within 5 operating days. The type of surgeries performed include but not limited to exploratory laparotomy, hernia repairs, hydrocelectomies, closed and open reduction internal fixations and subtotal thyroidectomies.