Parthnership Medecs without Vocation and HVP Gatagara orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital
From April 16 to May 1, 2016, we had our nineth orthopedic mission in Gatagara. We came here for the first time in March 2010, together with Dr Marc Speeckaert and his wife Lia. From the first mission on we were touched by the severe orthopedic and neurological pathology the disabled children in the centre had to deal with and with the outstanding help of the doctors and nurses we were often able to find solutions for their problems. We also saw a lot of children in the out-door consultation.
So, in these nine missions we operated upon about 350 patients with very different pathology like clubfeet, spastic paralysis of the limbs, infections of bones and joints, sequelae of poliomyelitis, malunited fractures, severe deformations of the knees and legs and so on. During the missions a great deal of our time was also spent on teaching the local doctors, nurses and kinesists, in the out-door clinic, on the ward and in the operating room and recovery-room.
The anaesthesia during the operations was mostly performed by Mr Sixte of Kigali, this time we were very happy that Dr. Brigitte Crochet, a specialized pediatric anaesthesiologist from Belgium, came together with us to Gatagara, not only for the care of the patients but also for the teaching of the local anaesthesist and the nurses of the department. During these six years we noticed a great improvement in the knowledge and in the skills of all the members of the team. We are very glad to be able to help to get the care of the children and adolescents on a higher level. Ad & Elly Diepstraten, pediatric orthopedic surgeon and pediatric nurse.
Good parthnership and tight Collaboration between Medecis without Vocation(MSV)and HVP Gatagara has been started since 1995.HVP Gatagara as an orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center Benefits more from this Parthnership regarding more experience and more new technics from Medics without Vacation coming from Europe. they operate and do more specialised and advanced orthopedic surgery in treting very complicated cases coming from arround the whole country of Rwanda. they play also a great important role in capacity building of HVP Gatagara Employers by implementing a program to train the local medecal Staff . Let us Keep it up for more developpment in building our care and capacity buiding for more bright future of HVP Gatagara