ACCESS TO SURGERY FOR CHILDREN
2/3 of the world’s children lack access to surgical care.
Inguinal hernia is one of the most common surgical conditions affecting up to 1 in 20 children.
The risk of complication from inguinal hernias, such as bowel obstruction, occurs 1 in 10 cases and can require emergency surgery.
In rural Nepal, 1 in 10 children with an obstructed hernia will die.
HPN PADIATRIC INGUINAL HERNIA PROJECT
Planned surgery to treat inguinal hernias can cure and prevent the complications and death.
HPN train rural doctors to perform the operation to treat inguinal hernias and provide safe surgical care for children from impoverished communities in rural Nepal.
In May 2019 and February 2020, teams of 6 UK clinicians (paediatric surgeons, doctors and nurses) have provided training at Charikot Hospital. The training enables this rural hospital to safely perform the operation with good quality care and prevent deaths.
Dr Binod Dangal is Charikot Hospital’s senior general doctor, with the role as the local community’s physician, obstetrician and surgeon.
He is now trained to perform this procedure with the hospital’s team of doctors and nurses.
Following HPN's training programme, to date, over 100 children have had their inguinal hernias treated with an operation (inguinal herniotomy) at Charikot Hospital by the Dr Binod's Dangal and his team.
HPN’s team will return to Nepal in March 2023 to continue to training to more rural doctors, anaesthetic assistants and nurses to improve care for children needing surgery.
HPN would like to thank all the donors of the Royal College of Surgeons' Christmas Appeal 2019. The funds raised has enabled us to continue to run the Paediatric Hernia Project's training to improve access to safe surgery in underserved areas.