More than 150 consultations were carried out, 7 children diagnosed and treated and 12 children operated on during a recent orthopaedic surgery mission in Jordan with La Chaîne de l’Espoir Luxembourg financed by the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).
The mission was conducted in two phases. First, the paediatric orthopaedic surgery team, headed by Dr Jerry KIEFFER, orthopaedic paediatric surgeon and Head of La Chaîne de l’Espoir Luxembourg, operated on a dozen children at Al Maqassed Hospital in Amman from 15 to 20 October. Most of the children were suffering from congenital diseases or defects such as congenital hip dislocation. Children requiring postoperative physiotherapy were then cared for by the teams of Handicap International.
Dr Kiefer’s team later travelled to the north of Jordan to carry out a mission of early detection and treatment of hip dislocation at the Emirati Red Crescent Hospital of Mafraq: more than 130 babies less than six months old were examined and 7 of them were diagnosed with dislocations and treatment protocols implemented (Pavlik harness, postoperative monitoring). The objective of this campaign is to prevent the development of a dislocation before the child starts walking in order to avoid surgery in the long term.
This mission is the continuation of the work carried out by La Chaîne over the last five years in Jordan to help out the most vulnerable Jordanian and refugee children. Hundreds of children have thus received heart and orthopaedic surgery with the help of the financing of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).