Finally the day we have been waiting for - surgery has started! Patient screening is being done over 30 sessions this year rather than the large scale type we did in Benin last year. With the national elections being so close (4th March) we are not able to have large crowds gathering, but this different method is going pretty well. After a few screening days we have patients booked in and some are already here and recovering from their surgery today.
Please remember our hospital staff - we have many new staff being trained by the more long term crew, we have new day volunteers who are trying to learn what to do and translate for us and a different set up here with the multiple screenings (and I'm sure all sorts of other challenges that we are not really aware of).
for pics from screenings so far