Saving Lives in Sierra Leone
Organized by: Jeremy King
EVENT DATE Apr 07, 2016
Saving Lives Initiative is a renewing surgical medical and educational mission. In April 2016 we will provide surgical and medical care for individuals in the rural area of Kabala, Sierra Leone. This is the first surgical medical mission trip to Sierra Leone following the Ebola epidemic. It is a small self funded group of 2 surgeons, 2 CRNA's, 2 surgical scrubbers, 2 PA's, and 4 registered nurses. We will run 2 operating rooms concurrently to all those who need care, free of cost for them.
Medical missions such as this one are crucial to improving the health and well-being of people like those in Kabala. The risk can be high for the medical professionals in the group -especially in a poverty stricken country like Sierra Leone. All of our volunteers are using their own personal vacation time and self-financing their trip to help improve conditions in Sierra Leone.
As one of two anesthesia providers in the group, I will be conducting all aspects of their anesthetics and safely guide them through. This sort of field surgery is even more challenging than caring for people in safe hospital surgical settings and we will need essential equipment and supplies. We will not have an anesthesia machine, no ventilator, no access to the normal safety measures and monitoring and only the essential anesthesia drugs we have availability of.
In April, we’ll travel to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, and travel by bus up into the mountains to the town of Kabala. There we’ll set up an operating room and triage those who come to get the free care we offer. All ages, all walks of life. We’ll operate on patients for seven days straight, sun up to sun down and then some.
While this is a surgical mission, our primary goal is that of education and proliferation of safe and available medicine. Some problems with missions set up as this, are to travel to your location, do some good, pack up and leave. Efforts like that tend to be a drop in the bucket. We are in accordance with the few medical providers in the region to develop a teaching and education mission. One that is sustainable, not only for further planned missions, but to provide the basic level of medical care we have in this country. Our programs ensure knowledge transfer that will equip our partners in Sierra Leone with the capacity to deliver quality healthcare.
Saving Lives Initiatives is a 501(c3) tax-exempt (Tax ID 47-5645999), non-profit organization. Excess funding will go to preparing for future missions and for coverage of other volunteers. Through your donations, you are partnering with us and 100% of your donation will go towards achieving this a successful mission. This is a great way to supply a genuine service and reduce your taxable income.
I appreciate everyone's well wishes and support for this mission. Thank you all
Jeremy King and Saving Lives Initiative