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We are proud to share news of the significant education and training that took place during our team’s stay in Tanzania this week.
The number of partnerships with local staff on this trip was remarkable. CSI volunteers partnered with 15 local surgeons, 8 local OR/scrub nurses, 9 local anesthesia professionals and 15 local nurses. Here is where our work can have an exponential impact on children, families and communities. More and more children’s lives will be transformed because of this education. Outstanding, team!
CSI anesthesiologist, Dr. Kevin Umani, traveled from Kenya to work with our team. In addition to overseeing the anesthesia care for the kids, he gave a talk about IV fluids and pain management to our Tanzanian colleagues, in both Swahili and English.
Dr. Raj Chaudhry participated in multiple complex urologic surgeries, collaborating with Tanzanian surgeons. The progress made allowed the local team to perform some surgeries independently. CSI also donated specialized urology instruments in partnership with @americares. You’ll see Dr. Raj presenting them to his Tanzanian urology colleague, Dr. Kamaleki.
Baby boy Prophet was one of the patients who received cleft lip surgery today by Dr. Phil and anesthesiologist Dr. Kevin. Here he is before surgery and after, being delivered back into his mother's arms. Cleft lip and palate repair is a global health challenge faced within resource-poor countries. Many babies born with cleft palates do not have access to this potentially life saving surgical intervention. CSI provides the surgical and anesthetic expertise to repair these issues and focuses on educating and training the local surgical community with the goal to help them reach self-sufficiency. As CSI Tanzania team nurse, Jenessa Hall, states: "This trip could be about coming in and doing 70 surgeries completely ourselves like a machine in a week and leaving til next year and that would be great for those 70 kids - but the skills passed on by CSI volunteers to these Dr's and nurses will have a much larger cumulative effect in this community for years to come, and that is something I can get on board with ❤️" Please donate to support our work. #CSITanzania#changinglivesonechildatatime#nonprofit#globalhealth#pediatricsurgery... See MoreSee Less
The CSI team had another busy day of successful surgeries and medical training! Obediah and Brian were two of the pediatric urology patients treated today. Obediah, seen in the first four photos, is a 2 year old member of the Maasai tribe, the second largest ethnic group in Tanzania. Obediah had complex genital urological needs limiting his ability to urinate and causing significant social isolation. With this life-altering surgery, Obediah can return to his rural village, go to school, and participate in all aspects of his family and tribal life. Brian, featured in the remaining three photos, is the 8 month old nephew of one of our amazing Tanzanian nurse colleagues. Without surgery, he was at high risk for developing testicular torsion, cancer, and many other urological complications. Dr. Raj, his local peers, and the rest of the CSI team have given these boys the gifts of brighter futures and better health. Please donate to support their work. #changinglivesonechildatatime#pediatricsurgery#nonprofit#pediatricurology#tanzania#globalhealth... See MoreSee Less