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Itinerant Surgical Missions in Togo & Benin

Project Background and Description

Since 2014, United Surgeons for Children (“USFC”) has organized and financed itinerant surgical missions in Togo and Benin in partnership with local medical and surgical teams. These missions, which are carried out in regional hospitals, allow to provide disadvantaged children with complete care, free of charge. An average of 100 children are treated during each mission. All field missions are accompanied by a volunteer anesthetist recruited by USFC. Surgical interventions mainly concern simple pathologies, although disabling, such as hernias, bone diseases, cleft lips and palates. These missions are also an opportunity for us to identify children with more serious pathologies, which require further medical examination and specific treatment. These children are usually referred to national university hospitals.

Project Principal Activities

• Identification of regional hospitals and need assessment with a view to hosting surgical missions;
• Radio announcements to inform patients ahead of missions;
• Consultations and surgical interventions during missions;
• Post-operative follow-up of patients.

Project Key Statistics

• 350 consultations carried out per mission
• 100 to 150 children operated on per mission
• 120 children treated per mission
• $250 to operate a child

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Project Contact Info

Anouchka FINKER, Director • +33 6 24 59 57 76
PO Box 233 I Etna, NH 03750 I
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