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Paediatric Theatre redeveloped in Hôpital General Idrissa Pouye (HOGIP), Senegal

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One of the largest hospitals in Senegalese capital, Dakar, has formally opened an Operating Room revamped by Kids Operating Room and Smile Train.

The paediatric theatre based at Hôpital General Idrissa Pouye (HOGIP)has been kitted out with the latest equipment and brightly coloured wall aesthetics which provide comfort to children within the hospital environment.

The Minister for Health and Social Action M. Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, while officiating the ceremony commended the partnership, underscoring the government’s commitment to enhancing quality healthcare with priority being placed on children.

KidsOR Director for Africa, Rosemary Mugwe put into context the impact of having dedicated theatres for children:

“This is a proven product; with dedicated resources and skills set we get impact! A child’s life will be saved. A disability will be averted. A family will be happy and will have increased economic output - thanks to this Operating Room that we have installed at HOGIP.’’

HOGIP is heir to the Centre for Traumatology and Orthopedics (CTO) opened in 1989 by the Social Security Fund (SSF) with a bed capacity of 300, 18 of which are paediatric beds.

Senegal has approximately 31 hospitals, including nine teaching hospitals and 76 referral health posts. The country has two public children’s hospitals and each contain an operating theatre. The major problem with paediatric surgery in this country is the lack of sub-specialization and suitable equipment for children.

Research shows that half of Africa's population (1.3B) are children. It is also estimated that 85% of children in Africa will require some kind of surgical care by the age of 15. Given the anticipated population growth of Africa, there will be a significant need for paediatric surgical interventions.

Over 1.7billion children lack access to safe surgery. Every year, more children die from not getting the surgery they need than from Malaria, HIV and TB combined. By end of 2021, KidsOR will have installed 51operating rooms and provided over 43,000 life-changing surgeries.

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