Medical Mission to Namibia: 2018 Recap

We completed our second full mission to Namibia in August 2018. While there we assessed 80 patients and performed surgery for 35, ranging in age from six to sixty-seven years old.

The team focuses primarily on foot and ankle deformities, but this year we also performed a few cases for knee, shoulder, and hand injuries. Our team included Dr. Kao, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopy. We brought arthroscopy equipment with us and donated it to the Namibian Ministry of Health at the end of the mission so that the local surgeons have the latest equipment to treat more patients.

This year we worked from Windhoek Central Hospital facilities, which are more modern than those we used in 2016. The anesthesiology and nursing staffs were well-prepared and, as always, an important part of our team.

In addition to our work at the hospital, four of the doctors lectured at the University of Namibia Medical School in the afternoon. The lectures went well and each generated good questi…

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