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PAST MANSAG MEDICAL MISSIONS

MANSAG has a track record of carrying out successful medical mission work in Nigeria over the years.

Highlighted below are some of the more recent trips undertaken by MANSAG members. The idea of the medical missions is to work in partnership with health facilities in Nigeria and contribute to the efforts of those in Nigeria in the spirit of collaboration and shared expertise.

There was an MOU between the Federal Ministry of Health, The Nigerian National Volunteer Service, MANSAG and ANPA on cooperation in the health sector, dated September 2010 which was in place for 5 years. 

This detailed the intention to share information and expertise in areas like health education, training, public health and professional regulations.  The facilitation and part financing of programmes were promised in exchange for the participation of medical professionals from the diaspora in the various programmes.

2 further MOUs with specific organisations followed in 2011:

MOU between Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomosho (BUTHO) and MANSAG for a 3-5 year capacity building programme

MOU between the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta and MANSAG for a 3-5 year capacity building programme

 
 
2011

 

The training week / medical mission to BUTHO took place on 28th May 2011 – 4th June 2011

Activities included:

BLS training

Assisting in obstetric outpatient clinics

Obstetric life support training

Assisting in the medical outpatient clinics (cardiology opinion)

Clinical governance and quality measures lecture

Mini ATLS training

Assisting in the gynaecology outpatient clinics

Clinical oncology lecture

ECG training – nurses trained in recording ECGs utilising a brand new unused machine in the hospital

ECG interpretation workshop

 

2015

The training week was held on 8th June – 13th June 2015 at the University of Abuja Teaching hospital (UATH)

Activities included:

Surgical and Ophthalmology teaching

O&G teaching

Trauma workshop

IT in healthcare delivery workshop

Infection control workshop

Research Methodology and writing of scientific papers workshop

BLS training

 

2016

The training week took place from 22nd February – 26th Feb 2016 in the Federal Medical Centre in   Abeokuta

Activities included:

Writing your CV workshop

Medical ethics workshop

Lectures on many topics within ENT, Paediatrics and Nephrology, Transplantation and Anaesthesia done in parallel sessions

BLS training – adult and paediatrics

ALS training – adult and paediatrics

Basic trauma life support – adult and paediatrics

Infection workshop

 

By all accounts, these training weeks were met with enthusiasm and were very well received and attended and gave much fulfilment to the MANSAG personnel who were involved.  As we look to future missions/training weeks, we must think of more sustainable ways to carry out these trips.  Medical missions/training weeks rank highly in the desired activities of MANSAG members as we want to ‘give back’ in any way we can.

The financing of these weeks remains a challenge.  The capacity building element remains a challenge.  Ideally, we should be aiming to build lasting relationships with organisations in Nigeria where relationships are forged and programmes which are sensitive to the acute needs of the specific organisation are organised and ideally returned to year after year.
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