Uganda Charitable Spine Surgery Mission

Advisory Board: Dr. Lieberman, Dr. Kayanja, Dr. Siemionow, Dr. St. Clair
Mission Statement; To our patients, our partners and our colleagues, the Uganda Charitable Spine Surgery Mission exists; to provide the best possible spine care to Ugandan patients afflicted by infectious, degenerative, traumatic and congenital spinal ailments. In addition the Mission will strive to provide a fertile environment for the education of those who treat these patients.

Vision Statement; The Uganda Charitable Spine Surgery Mission will become a self sustaining program, with a philanthropic base, and a volunteer core. The Mission will aim to have a quarterly presence in Uganda.

Value Statement; All involved in the Uganda Charitable Spine Surgery Mission will be relentless in their pursuit towards enriching the lives of Ugandan patients by providing the best possible care of their spinal problems. We will endeavor to provide and to teach the most appropriate care for spinal ailments. We will pursue these goals in a collaborative fashion with any other entity or resource willing and able to assist.

Achievement Philosophy; The individuals involved in the Uganda Charitable Spine Surgery Mission will fulfill the mission and pursue the vision and values; by fostering collaborative associations with philanthropic organizations, by promoting the Mission to those interested in participating or supporting, by volunteering their personal time and resources, by forging relationships with Ugandan health care providers and organizations.

1) 5 missions, 14 volunteers,
2) Collection and delivery of all supplies and equipment as planned and only slightly behind schedule
2) The hospitality of the professional staff
3) The gratitude and affection of the patients and their families
4) Patients follow up from previous mission trips
5) The recognition of the Charitable Spine Surgery Mission by all involved as a vital and sustainable program

1) Donation and delivery of a refurbished anaesthetic machine for exclusive use in the Mulago Hospital Orthopaedic operating theatres
2) Donation of spine surgery instruments and implants to tackle the most significant spinal reconstruction cases
3) Over 250 patients seen in evaluation
4) Over 50 patients treated surgically, including idiopathic scoliosis, congenital scoliosis, post TB kyphosis, trauma, degenerative and tumor patients

Future Goals
1) Establish a permanent surgical base
2) Establish a quarterly spine team presence
3) Contribute to the education mandate of the Mulago hospital orthopaedic training program and nurses training program

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