IF global donates shunts for hydrocephalus surgeries

Child recovering from hydrocephalus surgery Our Hydrocephalus Project has received yet another wonderful boost that will allow us to treat even more children suffering from the condition. Through our cooperation with CURE International, we learned of the existence of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. This worthy organization, created in 1979, is the world-wide umbrella organization for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus organizations. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of people with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus throughout the world and to decrease the prevalence of both diseases by primary prevention.

 

Until recently, shunt placement surgery was the only method used by Guinean doctors to relieve the devastating symptoms of hydrocephalus and give children a chance at a normal life. Even with a new endoscopic procedure now available to our neurosurgeon, there are certain cases in which shunting is still the only answer. Finding high quality catheters for these surgeries proved to be incredibly difficult and expensive. Each shunt costs around $800, and a patient may require multiple shunts throughout his or her life, especially if the equipment is not of good quality. IF Global has now removed this seemingly impossible obstacle by donating 15 catheters for our project, in a renewable grant that will allow us to replenish our store whenever we need to do so.

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  • Donka Hospital serves over 43,000 people. The entire hospital has only one ultrasound machine.

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