b'NEWS MAKING STRIDESL A T E S T N E W SHelping Hands in Sierra Leonewww.horderhealthcare.co.uk/news-healthy-living/helping-hands-in-sierra-leone/Horder Healthcare wascountry at the Holy Spirit delighted to support handHospital, Makeni.therapist Pascalle SmithIn March this year, I was when she recently joined anlucky to join the ongoing ongoing project in Sierraproject. The visit aimed Leone, to help develop ato provide an education hand surgery reconstructionprogramme to medical staff, unit. Money donated by thetherapists and nurses on organisation was put towardsimproving care of patients providing teaching materialswith hand trauma. The team and splinting equipment forconsisted of myself, a hand workshops and teaching ontherapist, two orthopaedic the programme. consultants Steve HodgsonPascalle Smith, Horder Healthcare Pascalle explains: Sinceand Jonathan Jones and hand therapist2010, The British Society forlocal reconstructive surgeonSurgery of the Hand (BSSH)Abdulai Jalloh. introduction and overview and ReSurge Africa haveOur visit consisted of anof upper limb trauma. We collaborated to develop theintense four days of teachingwere encouraging education first reconstruction unit in theat three locations, teachingand the empowering of local groups of 30-40 medicalmedical staff to provide a staff. As a day coursefuture cascade of learning, the programmementoring and knowledge. was anThis encourages a sustainable project for Sierra Leone to develop health care forthe future.The visit was very beneficial and successful with the first Sierra Leone reconstruction unit opening in the next few months. In the future there is scope to further enhance collaborative, sustainable education and working in Sierra Leone.4'