Facing Africa

Facing Africa take medical teams to Ethiopia to perform surgical intervention for those suffering from the Noma illness. Teams will be on the ground to perform the surgeries and also to assist pre and post operatively.

Where is it?

Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

What will I be doing?

Working with a team of highly skilled and experienced volunteer surgeons from the UK and Ireland in Ethiopia to perform complex facial reconstructive surgery on the victims of the disease Noma and other facial deformities. Each team is made up of 4 surgeons (Plastic, Maxillo-facial and Cranio-facial), 3 Anaesthetists, 3 Operating room Nurses, 3 ward Nurses, a Junior doctor and 2 wound care Nurses. The team are involved in the pre-op and post-op care of patients

They are currently looking for 1 Junior doctor for 8 weeks from 20th September to 16th November 2019. In addition they are looking for a scrub nurse familiar with head and neck surgery for 2 weeks from 4th October until 19th of October 2019.

What impact would I have?

It is estimated that the mortality rate reaches up to an alarming 90% if Noma is left untreated. Each surgical mission generally carries out 35 – 45 facial reconstructions, and you will be helping to improve the quality of life and mortality  of the patients.

Who would I be working with?

Medical and hospital staff.

Minimum Age

22 years old

Accommodation

Accommodation, flights and meals provided by Facing Africa.

Minimum time

Set dates.

Junior doctor for 8 weeks from 20th September to 16th November 2019.

Scrub nurse for 2 weeks from 4th October until 19th of October 2019.

Extra Costs

Visa, personal spending money