In April 2016 the organization embarked on our first medical mission to Sierra Leone to supplement conduct a marathon surgery session at the Kabala Government Hospital. This hospital is the only referral hospital for Koinadugu District and in which the healthcare needs of the district is served by only two doctors.
The medical mission was conducted from April 7 through April 18, 2016 with activities 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 and donations of non-medical items to the Kabala School for the Blind.
The 12-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 and met the mission's goal. The type of surgeries ranged from but not limited to exploratory laparotomy, hernia repairs, hydrocelectomies, closed and open reduction internal fixations and subtotal thyroidectomies.