AFG provides Guinea’s First Endoscopy Equipment for Use in Kipe Hospital

Endoscopic equipment to save the lives of children suffering from hydrocephalus arrives in Conakry.

Conakry, Guinea (PRBuzz.com) Monday, January 28, 2013 – Kipe Hospital welcomed the arrival of the first endoscopy equipment to be available in a public hospital in Guinea on December 11, 2012. AFG obtained this essential surgical tool from CURE Uganda, a pioneer in neurological surgeries in Africa, to be used for its “Hydrocephalus: No Longer a Death Sentence” project. Hydrocephalus, a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, and which affects about 1 of every 500 children worldwide, has been a virtual death sentence for Guinean children until 2010, when the Association of Mothers of Children with Hydrocephalus in Guinea (AMEHG) teamed up with AFG to put a stop to the situation. The initiative, a comprehensive effort to reduce pediatric morbidity, mortality, and stigmatization due to hydrocephalus in Guinea, includes an important surgical component since surgery is the only treatment for the condition. Until recently, the only treatment method available to Guinean doctors was a shunt placement procedure in which catheters are implanted to drain the excess fluid from the brain. Earlier this year, Dr. Ibrahim Souare, a Guinean neurosurgeon that has been involved with the project since its inception, attended two intensive training sessions in CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, where he learned to perform a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization (ETV/PC), which eliminates the need for expensive shunts and significantly reduces the possibility that a child may need subsequent surgeries to treat the condition. He also prepared to teach the procedure to colleagues in Conakry upon his return. The arrival of the endoscopy equipment marks the beginning of a new era in the treatment of hydrocephalus in West Africa. “I am ready and excited to have received this knowledge and be able to help, not only the victims of hydrocephalus, but also share it with my colleagues” said Dr. Souare.

 

About American Friends of Guinea (AFG)

AFG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help the citizens of the Republic of Guinea, located in West Africa, improve their quality of life, with a focus on providing real solutions to the country’s medical and economic needs. The mission of AFG is to promote the wellbeing of the people of Guinea by supporting and implementing sustainable health, social and economic development programs.

 

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Contact:

Bel Cevallos, Director of Development

Tel: 832.456.8104   Fax: 832.300.2516

bcevallos@afguinea.org

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