Dakar & Thies, Senegal
Senegal has a large number of underserved cleft patients. Although the incidence of clefts in Africa is not as high as in some other continents, the number of patients who did not undergo cleft repair is quite high due to the lack of financial resources and nationwide healthcare system that allows the rendering of such care.
GSF team worked at Barthimée's hospital in Thies at the invitation of Jooko Cleft Association. The team screened 52 patients and performed 31 procedures on 30 patients. GSF also donated several anesthesia monitors and electrosurgical units to the hospital.
In addition to the surgeries performed, GSF provided an extensive educational program in Dakar on November 18 at the Sokhamon Hotel. The conference covered a variety of lecture topics including surgical, pediatric, anesthesia, nursing and epidemiological aspects of cleft care.