Field Mission Overview

Cotonou, Benin
August 2016 - June 2017

DIRECT MEDICAL SERVICES

Maxillofacial Surgical Project

Goal: Provide life-saving and life-changing surgeries to patients suffering from maxillofacial deformities.

Timeline: September 2016 – May 2017

Activities: Provide surgeries to patients to correct various maxillofacial conditions including cleft lip / palate. Provide counseling for patients and their families with emotional and mental scarring as a result of the maxillofacial conditions. Provide speech therapy services.  

Reconstructive Plastic Surgical Project

Goal: Through life-changing surgeries, restore function, for patients suffering from severe burns and other plastic reconstructive needs.

Timeline: September 2016 – May 2017

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients to correct deformities from severe burns, congenital abnormalities, and specific soft tissue tumours. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition. Provide physical, occupational and hand therapy services.

Women’s Health Surgical Project

Goal: Provide life-changing surgeries and treatments to patients suffering from obstetric fistula, uterine prolapse, and other gynecological conditions.

Timeline: February – May 2017

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients to correct obstetric fistula conditions, uterine prolapse and other gynecological conditions. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition. Provide physical therapy services.

General Surgical Project

Goal: Improve quality of life by addressing pediatric congenital conditions, and adult environmentally- and occupationally-acquired conditions through general surgeries. 

Timeline: August 2016 – May 2017

Activities: Provide surgeries for patients affected by general surgical conditions, such as hernias and thyroid goiters, and soft tissue tumors. Provide counseling for patients and their families with potential emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition, as needed.

Orthopaedic Surgical Project

Goal: Improve the quality of life for patients suffering from orthopaedic deformities and neglected trauma through life-changing surgeries, with the aim to restore function.

Timeline: October 2016 – May 2017

Activities: 

Provide surgeries for patients to correct orthopaedic conditions. Provide counseling for patients and their families suffering from emotional and mental scarring as a result of their condition, as needed. Provide physical therapy services, as needed.  

Dental Project

Goal: Reduce the incidence of dental disease by providing dental treatments such as restorations, extractions, cleaning, and basic dental instruction.

Timeline: September 2016 – May 2017

Activities: 

Provide procedures for patients affected by tooth decay, infections, small oral lesions, etc.  Provide clinical dental hygiene services to patients.  Provide dentures to patients requiring replacements.  Facilitate basic oral health instruction to elementary and secondary students and all patients served in the dental clinics.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Essential Surgical Skills Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in individuals to affect transformational development. Select participants have the skills and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: September 2016 – May 2017

Activities: Teach surgeons in essential surgical skills: infection control practices, safety in the operating room, basic surgical and suturing techniques for open surgery, trauma and/or orthopaedics, as time and materials allow. Lectures and practical hands-on teaching methods are used.  Teach as trainers.  Mercy Ships project leadership follow-up with participants where possible, either in-person or over the phone, including:  Assess knowledge, skill, and confidence retention at 3-6 months.  Determine, through a structured interview, the factors that aid or inhibit application of course knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.  Determine factors that aid or inhibit the transferal of new knowledge and skills to others.

SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in individuals to affect transformational development.  Select participants have the skills, confidence, and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: September 2016 – May 2017

Activities: Teach physician/nurse anesthetists and midwives/obstetricians throughout a three-day course on obstetric anesthesia, critical care of obstetric patients, and newborn resuscitation.  Teach as trainers.  Mercy Ships project leadership follow-up with participants where possible to:  Assess the factors that aid or inhibit application of course knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.  Assess factors that aid or inhibit the transferal of new knowledge and skills to others.

Primary Trauma Care Courses

Goal: Impartation of knowledge and skills in local individuals that will affect transformational development.  Select participants have the skills and equipment to train others in the course material.

Timeline: September 2016 – May 2017

Activities: Teach participants in Primary Trauma Care through lectures and practical skill stations.  Teach as Trainers.  Mercy Ships project leadership follow-up with participants where possible, either in-person or over the phone, including:  Determine, through a structured interview, the factors that aid or inhibit application of course knowledge and skills to the clinical setting.  Determine factors that aid or inhibit the transferal of new knowledge and skills to others.

Note: Once more project plans have been published, the information above will be updated.

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