Mission Trip to Ghana: Restoring function through caring & expertise
Message from Dr. Alejandro Badia: “In Late March, 2017 I was humbled to share the experience of co-leading a surgical team to Koforidua, inner Ghana, West Africa… The trip was largely organized by Dr. Philippe Cuenod, of Geneva, Switzerland, and his team, who had been there several times before and developed an effective infrastructure in the St Joseph Orthopedic Hospital so that our goals could be efficiently met. We were serving under the auspices of GICAM founded by an Italian colleague and friend some years ago, committed to restoring hand/upper limb function in underserved countries…”
How do you summarize a life changing experience?
I’d like to share a PowerPoint I put together with pictures from my trip to Ghana.
After all, a picture is worth a thousand words… ( * Viewer discretion is advised)
What was the purpose of the team’s visit to Ghana?
It was to enhance the quality of orthopedic care for Ghanaian patients. Although Ghana’s population exceeds 28 million people, fewer than 40 orthopedic surgeons provide care for the entire country, which is rapidly developing economically. Dr. Badia and other surgeons carried out specialized surgical operations which require their expertise, and also transferred skills and shared the latest advancements of upper extremity surgeries with the St. Joseph Hospital’s medical staff.