Our overseas work


Sierra Leone in West Africa covers an area of 30,000 square miles and has a population of 5.5 million (WHO 2010).  In 1992 the country entered a 10 year vicious civil war, which notoriously saw systematic amputations of an unimaginable scale. 


The Holy Spirit Hospital (HSH) was established by Dr Turay and, with help from the Albano Diocese of Italy, now has 70 beds, an Outpatients Department, x-ray, a Pharmacy and two operating theatres. 


From 2010 the British Society for Surgery of the Hand has funded nine visiting teams of Hand surgeons, from Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery, Anaesthetists, Hand Therapists and Nurses to the HSH.  A further 7 teams are scheduled to visit during 2012.  See a picture of one of the teams with the HSH staff here


In collaboration with ReSurge Africa , which is sponsoring the training of a local surgeon, the ultimate aim of the project is self-sustainability.
The programme has so far assessed over 850 patients and conducted over 230 operations. Often the problems are complex and require multiple operations in staged reconstructions. This is only possible due to the regular visits, full teams, accurate hand-overs and expertise. 

Barbara Jemec, Consultant Plastic Surgeon from the Royal Free Hospital, London visited Sierra Leone in September.  Here is the link to her blog http://royalfreenhs.wordpress.com/


Reports on past visits to Sierra Leone