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How Much Does it Cost?
- The cost for one month of Faculty or Resident volunteer (paid by the volunteer) - $5000·
- Administrative costs for one year – for Website development, infrastructure development (donated by the Pacific Coast Surgical Association)- $20,000
- We have accrued $90,000 of Volunteer donations – Surgeons paying to volunteer in Tanzania!
- Two billion people world-wide lack access to surgical care.
- Over 25% of the estimated 234 million operations/year occur in countries spending less than $100 per capita per year on health.
- The result: heartbreaking preventable death and disability
- There is an insufficient cadre of clinical educators to train the next generation of clinical providers in LMIC’s.
- We make a long term commitment to existing educational institutions to “train the trainers.”
- A collaborative relationship with our LMIC partners is the foundational core of the Alliance with an emphasis on working within the institution’s existing cultural and educational framework.
- Our goals are to model professional behavior, teach an aggressive approach to problem analysis and solution, and encourage outstanding LMIC clinicians to pursue an academic career to train the next generation of healthcare professionals.
- The educational experience is mutual – our faculty and accompanying surgical residents encounter patients with more advanced disease and learn from local colleagues while at the same time teaching advanced surgical techniques.
What We Have Accomplished
- 19 months of volunteer surgical faculty teaching
- 14 months of volunteer surgical resident teaching
- Over 339 surgery procedures taught
- New operations now being performed independently by MUHAS/MNH surgeons:
- Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication for achalasia
- Esophagectomy for esophageal carcinoma
- Common bile duct exploration
- Hepaticojejunostomy for complex biliary tract disease
- Abdominoperineal resection/Low anterior resection and coloanal anastomosis for rectal cancer
- Development of a computerized data base for recording surgery cases and complications
- Introduction of a Morbidity and Mortality Conference for each surgical service