Leicester Gondar Orthopaedic Partnership.

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In March Alwyn Abraham, Tricia Allen, Dean Birch and Richard Power visited Gondar in Northwest Ethiopia on a fact-finding mission to explore the possibility of setting up a long-term T&O Partnership with the Gondar University Hospital. They were accompanied by Tim Beacon who runs Medical Aid International, a Social Enterprise whose main activity is providing surgical equipment to the Developing World – primarily African countries.

Gondar is a city with a population similar to that of Leicester. It is home to the University of Gondar Hospital and Medical school, the oldest in Ethiopia. It provides medical care for a population of approximately 7,000,000 people spread over a remote rural area approximately 150 miles in diameter. Currently the only trauma care is provided by General Surgical Residents supervised by a single Orthopaedic Consultant. There is no dedicated Orthopaedic Trauma Theatre.

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Rotary Club of Leicester.

The Rotary Club of Leicester have agreed to support an Appeal for the year 2017/18 to raise the necessary funds and it is hoped that the UHL Orthopaedic Department will be actively involved in fund-raising activities.

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Phase One

The first priority is to establish a facility to be able to carry out basic, safe trauma surgery. The current Operating Block built in the 1930’s is currently being structurally refurbished and a commitment has been made by GUH to give one of those theatres over to a dedicated Orthopaedic Trauma facility. Equipping the theatre it is estimated will cost £100-150k. This work will be carried out by Medical Aid International.

Phase Two

Once the Operating facility is in place the plan is develop a regular programme of visiting Medical, Nursing and other ancillary staff to help the local clinical teams develop their own services. It is hoped that in due time they will be able to set up their own training programme supported by UHL. If you are interested in being involved in this exciting project then please contact Alwyn Abraham or Laurence Wicks for the Clinical programme or Richard Power for Fund-raising.