While FAME established surgery as a strategic priority area in early 2017, surgery has been a part of our mission from the very beginning. Our original hospital building plans included two operating rooms, a recovery room, plumbing for medical gases & an anesthesia machine.
On January 16, 2014, our FAME team partnered with American volunteer surgeon, Dr. Duane Koenig, to conduct our very first surgery. This surgery, like many to follow, would be an opportunity for our small OR team to learn & work under the guidance of accomplished volunteer surgeons.
With the introduction of labor & delivery services in late 2014, FAME launched a rigorous in-house education program focused on building the surgical skills necessary to respond to obstetrical emergencies. To date, FAME has trained seven members of our clinical team in Structured Operatives in Obstetrics. Each year we’ve found C-Sections to be the majority of our surgical procedures.
FAME’s medical volunteer program also continues to play an important role in building & broadening our team’s surgical capacity. In 2018, we established a partnership with Creighton University’s Global Surgery Fellowship Program, welcoming the program’s first fellow on the FAME campus. Dr. Kelly, an American general surgeon, will be volunteering at FAME for a year working side by side with our Tanzanian staff to enhance their surgical skills.
In 2016, GE Healthcare Africa made a very generous in-kind donation that included two additional anesthesia machines, two monitoring systems, two ventilators, an ultrasound machine, X-ray & CT capabilities & a 220 KVA backup generator. With this critical infrastructure now in place, & a team ready to build and broaden their skills, FAME is now poised to expand its already growing surgery program. In 2017, our team performed a total of 376 surgical procedures, a 38% increase from 2016.