The Global Grant in Bolivia is finalized with a more than happy ending. The laparoscopic tower was donated to the Viedma Public Hospital as originally planned in the global grant. There were two ceremonies at the Hospital, due to logistics and availability to the parties involved.
The first ceremony was with the Rotary Club Cochabamba and the authorities of the hospital. The second ceremony took place with our partner organization, Solidarity Bridge, and the surgeons they sent to Bolivia to train Bolivian surgeons on the use of the equipment.
Solidarity Bridge has been sending medical missions to Bolivia with groups of American surgeons that train their Bolivian counterparts. Viedma Hospital had no ability to perform laparoscopic general surgeries.This equipment was of key importance for this hospital.
The grant had estimated that they would perform 80 surgeries in the first year of use of the laparoscopic tower. This goal was achieved in less than two months and they are now performing 16 surgeries per week.
From the desk of Paul Smith, IHPC Chair, and Ashish Sarkar–as presented by Margarita Hewko