1. PROJECT NOVEMBER 2010:
- A team of 40 volunteers consisting of 1 Consultant Orthopaedic, 1 Consultant Ophthalmologist, 1 Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, 3 General Practitioners, 1 GP Specialist Pain Management, 6 Optometrists, 2 Optical Dispensers, 2 Dental Surgeons, 7 Pharmacists, 2 Theatre Nurses, 1 General Nurse, 4 Dental Students, 2 Medical Students, 1 Engineer, 2 IT technicians and 4 General assistants from the UK flew out in 3 groups – the first 20 volunteers left on the 21st November, the second group of 18 left on the 24th and the final two volunteers left on the 26th November.
- There were over 70 volunteers from Yonibana to help with a successful official opening of the facilities in the Yonibana Sai Hospital.
- The medical camp was official opened on Monday the 25th November 2010.
- In total, 3,444 patients were examined and treated for a variety of ailments. Patients travelled from many different villages around Yonibana and including Freetown.
- 1008 Dental extractions were performed by the two Dental Surgeons from 595 consultations.
- 68 Cataract Operations were performed by the Ophthalmic team with 26 further cataract patients identified who were referred for operation at the UMC Hospital, Kissy.
2. HOSPITAL OPENING CAMP JANUARY 2010:
- A team of 19 volunteers consisting of 1 ENT Consultant, 1 General Surgeon, 1 Gynaecologist, 2 Dental Surgeons, 4 Pharmacists, 2 Nurses, 2 Engineers, 1 Photographer, 2 IT technicians and 3 General assistants from the UK flew out on the 21st January.
- There were over 60 volunteers from Yonibana to help with a successful opening of the facilities in the Yonibana Sai Hospital.
- The Yonibana Sai Hospital was official opened on Monday the 25th January 2010 in the presence of local dignitaries including the Chief Minister for the District of Yoni, Hon Dr Matthew M Teambo, Mr Jacob & Victor Kanu, the past and present District Medical officers, Chief of Police,
- In total, 3,582 patients were examined and treated for a variety of ailments. Patients travelled from 35 different villages around Yonibana and including Freetown.
1356 Dental extractions were performed by the two Dental Surgeons.
3. THE YONIBANA SAI HOSPITAL
This will provide a base of treatment of the common diseases in the region. The building as completed and BLF is in the process of providing the furniture and medical equipment. The clinic will provide the following out patient services: clinical assessment, laboratory investigations, pharmacy and health education.
Primary Health Care Clinic
Decrease the morbidity and mortality from the following diseases:
- Acute Respiratory Infections
- Perinatal Conditions
- Inguinal Hernia, hydrocoele
Eye Diseases – Refractory problems, Cataract
4. HERNIA CAMP NOVEMBER 2007 -
A follow up Surgical camp was held in Yonibana, Sierra Leone, in November 2007 at Choitaram Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Surgical camp personnel for Hernia operations comprised, 5 Surgeons, 2 Anesthetist, 1 Surgical Ward Sister, 1 Theatre Nurse, 1 Pharmacist, 4 General Volunteers. In total 34 Patients under went 50 Surgical procedures which were carried out over 6 days.
Patients had to be transported from Yonibana, 90 miles away to Freetown via impassable roads the day before their operations. Accommodation and food had to be arranged for a 2 night stay for each patient. Post operatively the patients had to be transported back to Yonibana the following day. The patients’ accommodation was arranged at an Orphanage called The Children of the Nation, near to where the medical team stayed. All the patients’ meals and transportation to and from the Hospital and Yonibana were arranged via the Alphasorie Trust. The whole camp expense was sponsored by Better Lives Foundation.
YONIBANA, INITIAL SCOUTING CAMP -
A Medical Camp was held in Yonibana, Sierra Leone, in December 2006 in conjunction with local and other international Trusts.
We had 29 Volunteers from the UK and over 70 from Yonibana to help with a successful medical camp where approximately 5,600 patients were examined and treated for a variety of ailments.