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Creation and consolidation of the Neurosurgery Unit at Adama Hospital (Ethiopia)

2019.10.11 //

Barceló Foundation finances the purchase of surgical equipment to intervene 290 patients with brain diseases at the Adama University Hospital..

Like most African countries, Ethiopia suffers from major health deficiencies and constraints, both in terms of equipment and medicines, as well as specialized personnel. While head injuries are becoming a very common cause of disability and death in the country, there are only 24 neurosurgeons to care for a population of 102.4 million.

For this reason, in 2014, the neurosurgeon Pablo Clavel decided to create Clavel Foundation and provide healthcare to all people who cannot afford to treat their disease.

Every 2 months, a team of 3 specialists (a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and an operating room nurse) travel to the country for 10 days to treat all patients affected by brain or spinal diseases altruistically.

Opened in 1946, Adama Hospital is located 100 km from the capital, Addis Ababa. It serves approximately 240.000 patients a year and has 250 beds. Due to its shortage of media, it is necessary to equip the operating room with instruments to carry out the interventions safely.

Thanks to the budget provided by our Foundation, a Caspar cervical separator has been acquired, which will serve to facilitate cranial surgeries for both children and adults.

In addition to caring for patients, the Doctor Clavel Foundation also devotes a part of his stay in Ethiopia to training resident doctors and local nurses to disclose the specialty of neurosurgery, when treating a University Hospital. A total of 40 neurosurgeons have been trained in this expedition. In this way, the project is intended to become self-sufficient.