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Dear member of the EHS,

We are contacting you to inform you that the deadline for the application of the vacancies in the Advisory Committees of the EHS has been extend- until 15th June 2018.

The vacancies are the following:

o 1 vacancy in the Advisory Committee for Congresses

o 1 vacancy in the Advisory Committee for Education

o 1 vacancy in the Advisory Committee for Quality

o 1 vacancy in the Advisory Committee for the Website

If you are interested to join an Advisory Committee, please contact your national Hernia Society (jurij.gorjanc@mf.uni-lj.si)

The application should include your CV and a cover letter explaining why you want to become a member of the Advisory Committee.
 

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VII. SLOVENIAN HERNIA SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOP WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION
 

 


 

HERNIA REPAIR IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD – EXPERIENCE FROM TANZANIA

This year, the Slovenian Hernia Association – the Hernia Section of the Slovenian Medical Association, prepared a humanitarian mission »HERNIA INTERNATIONAL« in Tanzania in cooperation with the Spanish Hernia Society.

Even though our mission was planned to last only a week, the surgeries were schedules from early in the morning until late in the evening, so it took us a year to prepare for it. We communicated with the Spanish team only via e-mail and some of our Spanish colleagues have not even met each other prior to the start of our mission. This proves that mutual trust in our profession goes far beyond acquaintances and friendships, especially when it comes to charity. However, experienced team members (some participated in as many as 5 missions) and consistent guidelines of the English umbrella society HERNIA INTERNATIONAL definitely contributed to our successful performance.

According to human genome research, the so-called mitochondrial Adam and Eve lived somewhere in the area of today's Tanzania. But to experience the pristine and raw nature of this country, it suffices to find a place away from the popular tourist attractions. A place, governed by poverty and the well-tested African law, where people struggle to find their own means of survival, whatever that might be. And of course, all it takes is to look at the patients in such a place. The little town of Korogwe perfectly suits this profile. After a five-hour drive by jeep from the airport, you arrive at its general hospital. In the department of surgery, a local nun Dr. Avelina Temba has been working for several years. She lives in a community with 50 other nuns and together with two of them, she performs surgeries on patients with hernias, hydroceles, goitres, enlarged prostates and other conditions. Astonished we listened to her talk about her work, bearing in mind that her good deeds were just a drop in the ocean. As was ours, but the feelings and approach at the beginning of our working week were nonetheless very serious. In the months prior to our arrival, she found and now presented to us around 100 patients with different, usually large, abdominal hernias. Among them, there were 30 children. Before the procedure, each patient was tested for hepatitis B and HIV. According to official data, the prevalence of HIV in Tanzania is around 6%, while unofficial estimates claim it is around 10%. We were prepared for the treatment of our patients in all aspects. We brought all of the necessary equipment with us in large containers and used only a few of the African instruments which are usually of a much lesser quality. Treatments were scheduled each day from 8.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. On two occasions, we extended our working hours, as it was necessary to perform an appendectomy on three patients with abdominal pain. Our team consisted only of medical specialists, without any resident doctors (2 anaesthetists and 6 surgeons). This was a great opportunity to invite the two local resident doctors mentioned before to assist and operate alongside us. After our mission was completed, they were much more confident when performing surgical procedures.

We worked in three operating rooms which were extremely simple but clean. The operating tables were adjustable by height and the operating lights functioned properly. What a luxury compared to last year's India! Moreover, we were working with operating room nurses and assistants that were familiar with asepsis and sterility of the operating room. Despite that, we still spotted the occasional fly, praying mantis or some other insect, reminding us that we are right next to the equator. Temperatures reaching up to 35 °C, high humidity and only one working air conditioner in the hospital premises, sure made our surgical coats hard to bear.

But every evening we quickly forgot the troubles of the day behind us. After applying a thick coat of Autan mosquito repellent, we met for dinner on the terrace of the nearby and apparently the only hotel in town “The white parrot” where we were staying. It seems the Spanish feared they couldn’t survive a week on scarce African food, so they packed their suitcases with delicacies, such as smoked ham (“jamon”) from Seville, sheep’s milk cheese from Santander, wine from Tarragona and much more. It would be plain stupid to decline such delicious food. Halfway through the evening, I often noticed how fluent my Spanish was, but honestly, I think I might have overestimated myself a bit.
After a week of working, socializing and making new but genuine friends, we happily said farewell to each other and to our local organizers. They prepared a final ceremony for us and we invited our co-workers from the hospital to dinner in our hotel. The town’s political leaders perfectly expressed the feelings we could clearly see in the eyes of our patients over the entire week: thank you for coming. It was difficult to leave the surgical team with the simple equipment they use for treating the locals. Therefore, the Spanish team donated many consumable surgical materials and the Slovenian Hernia Association donated an electrical scalpel/RF knife for safer and better surgical procedures.
Each team made their own travel plans for our humanitarian mission to Tanzania. Our Spanish colleagues arrived solely for this purpose. Since Tanzania is a country worth visiting for many other reasons, we decided to come a week earlier and climb on top of a mountain so high there is only 49% of the oxygen available at sea level (you can determine our location using the height calculator at http://www.altitude.org/air_pressure.php). In the excellent company of experienced Slovenian mountain climbers (two brothers and their spouses who supported our surgical mission financially, in addition to other sponsors and donors), the 6 days needed for ascent and descent passed in the blink of an eye.

Of course the tourist offer of the country is not limited only to mountain climbing. Nevertheless, the decision to seek out lions, leopards and similar beasts at another time, was met with mutual relief. The original, humanitarian purpose of our visit has definitely been achieved.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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