This past week, Dr. Peter Ssenyonga and a group from NeuroKids trained Dr. Ben Okanga and his team at Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya in the Warf method (ETV/CPC) and protecting children from the complications of hydrocephalus.

Dr. Peter Ssenyonga, center, setting up the flexible endoscope

We are so grateful to Dr. Okanga, the doctors, nursing staff, administration, and OR team for welcoming us to their wonderful institution and we are looking forward to this fruitful partnership.

Ashley Birch PNP (left), Lydia Ssenyonga MSN (3rd from left) & Dr. Pierre Mertens (far right) speaking to parents of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus

We also were privileged to be joined by Dr. Pierre Mertens, chairman of Child Help, on this trip. Dr. Mertens invited us to see the House of Hope run by the parent group. We met with parents and their children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, answered their questions and shared a meal together.

One of the first patients in Mombasa to be treated with the Warf method

We are thankful once again for our partners at KARL STORZ for supplying the flexible endoscopic equipment essential to these operations, to TeleVu and Ohana One for providing and supporting the remote presence technology which Dr. Ssenyonga and our team will use to mentor Dr. Okanga over the next several months. Most of all, we are thankful to our donors for their financial support and encouragement to expand the NeuroKids network to reach more and more children with life-saving care and compassion.