Organization: Operation Hernia
Forum: Innovation Showcases
Operation Hernia (OH) is an independent not-for-profit organization initiated in 2005 which provides professional and educational opportunities for surgeons and trainees to treat long-standing groin hernias at hospitals in rural areas in Africa and in the rest of the developing world. They aim to provide high quality surgery at minimal costs to patients with limited means.
By using mosquito netting instead of traditional surgical netting in groin hernia repair surgery, Operation Hernia are able to lower the costs of surgery dramatically as the mosquito netting is 4,000 times cheaper and has been shown to be just as affective. The Hernia Treatment Centre, within Takoradi Hospital, is where Operation Hernia carries out their surgeries. Teams of surgeons visit the center several times each year to operate on about 50-100 patients. The Hernia Treatment Centre now employs one local surgeon, two nurses, one laboratory technician and one pharmacy staff member full time.
Operation Hernia is now operating in several other sites in Rwanda and Ghana; Carpenter, Discover, Cape Coast, Nalerigu, Ho, Keta and Bole, continuing towards its target of providing better hernia treatment in the rural areas of Africa.