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Operation Hernia and COSECSA

Tuesday 4th August 2015

The College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) has recognised Operation Hernia as Surgical Trainers in Hernia Surgery. Operation Hernia will therefore be training local doctors who have been enrolled in COSECSA. 

This partnership with COSECSA fulfils a key objective of Operation Hernia - to transfer skills in hernia mesh repair to local surgeons.  Operation Hernia's Consultant partners will be invited to join the Faculty of Trainers for this prestigious programme.

The website of COSECSA  ( the training ethos of the college and Operation Hernia is very proud to be partners in the delivery of this quality training. Further details can be found in the July 2015 Newsletter, published on the Operation Hernia website.

‘Operation Hernia’ work recognised in recent Press Release (9th July 2014) issued by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

Monday 14th July 2014

‘Operation Hernia’ work recognised

Life saving work by four doctors who gave their time to treat patients in desperate need of help for untreated hernias in Ghana has been recognised by the British Medical Association (BMA).

Their ‘life changing’ experience successfully treated 107 patients with “massive and disabling” hernias in Africa as part of the Operation Hernia project.

Dr Beverley Parker, one of the four Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust doctors that visited Ghana as part of the surgical team, said: “It has been estimated that there are 6.3million untreated hernias in Africa. As a result, numerous preventable deaths and cases of permanent disability occur.

“In just five days we operated on 107 patients, including 19 children, who without the treatment may have died.

“We counted our blessings whilst working in Ghana and were inspired by the patients and staff who demonstrated admiral teamwork, and despite the poor resources had results to be proud of.”

Operation Hernia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides surgery to patients in developing countries who otherwise would not receive it. The trip was part of the BMA’s new ‘Doctors as Volunteers’ initiative which promotes and supports people considering medical volunteering.

The work of the Trust doctors won plaudits at the BMA’s recent annual representative meeting in Harrogate.

A poster designed by two of the Trust’s surgical team – Beverley Parker, an Anaesthetic Registrar, and Hannah Welbourn, a Surgical Registrar – to promote their work was also displayed at the event.

Dr Ian Wilson, Chair of the BMA’s Representative Body, said:The importance and significance of charitable work has far reaching benefits not only to the individual, through broadening the skills base of clinicians, but also to host countries or UK communities where help and assistance leaves a positive legacy.

“By showcasing individual experiences, we hope to encourage and inspire those considering voluntary work to take a chance and go for it.”


Harnessing People Power

Monday 16th December 2013

Doha, Qatar

Qatar National Conference Centre
Qatar National Conference Centre

Operation Hernia team wins award at World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).

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BBC interviews Operation Hernia

Thursday 5th September 2013

Andrew & Ravi
Andrew & Ravi

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BMJ "Improving Health" Karen Woo Award

Thursday 26th April 2012

Magdi Hanafy
Magdi Hanafy

Veteran Operation Hernia volunteer Magdi Hanafy has been nominated for the British Medical Journal "Improving Health" Karen Woo Award. The award has been newly set up to recognise the commitment and bravery to humanitarian medicine of Karen Woo who was murdered while delivering basic healthcare to some of the most needy people in rural Afghanistan in August 2010.

Magdi's exceptional personal strength has been identified as his organisational abilities prior to a trip; raising funds, arranging visas, buying equipment, finding local translators and accomodation on the ground.

The selection of the winner of the award from among 4 nominees, will take place on 25th May in London.

The page from the British Medical Journal
The page from the British Medical Journal