The Humanitarian Services Committee selected Kenya as an additional site for humanitarian outreach. Currently, Kenya has less than 100 orthopaedic surgeons for a population of nearly 50 million and adult foot and ankle surgery is virtually non-existent.
The project takes place in Kijabe, Kenya, at two distinct hospitals – the AIC CURE Kenya Hospital and the Kijabe Mission Hospital. The CURE hospital is primarily pediatric orthopaedics with some elective adult surgery, whereas the Kijabe Mission Hospital runs more like a general hospital with acute trauma and adult reconstruction.
AOFAS volunteers work alongside well-trained Kenyan attending and resident orthopaedic surgeons in both the operating room and clinic, providing much-needed education in adult foot and ankle surgery. Volunteers are expected to do formal presentations along with teaching in clinical situations.
The inaugural trip to Kenya was in October 2019. Read about the Kenya project.