Treatment of congenital anomalies in a missionary hospital inBangladesh: results of 17 paediatric surgical missions

Treatment of congenital anomalies in a missionary hospital inBangladesh: results of 17 paediatric surgical missions

Authors

  • C. Del Rossi
  • S. Fontechiari
  • E. Casolari
  • V. Fainardi, et al.

Keywords:

Bangladesh, paediatric surgery, humanitarian mission

Abstract

Background and aim of the work: We report 17 years of experience in a missionary hospital with decreased facilities in Bangladesh. Our interest  was directed at children with congenital malformations since they live in a society where the exclusion of abnormal children is common. A better treatment for these children offers them a better future. Materials and methods: Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world: its population ranges from 142 to 159 million, and it is one of the poorest nations in the world. From 1991 to 2008 our Italian pediatric surgical team performed 17 5 weeks missions in a missionary hospital in Khulna, Bangladesh, during the months of January and February. Results: A total of 1556 patients underwent surgery, mostly for severe congenital anomalies. The infection rates were very low: 2-3%; the mortality rate was 0,4% for all the operations. Conclusions: Good pre-operative preparation and assistance, assurance of cyclical follow-up and a trained surgical team allowed the successful treatment of complex malformations in a missionary hospital with modest services.

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Published

01-04-2009

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International Cooperation

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Treatment of congenital anomalies in a missionary hospital inBangladesh: results of 17 paediatric surgical missions. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2009 Apr. 1 [cited 2024 May 30];79(3):260-3. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/1259