A new early detection mission to come to the aid of vulnerable children took place on 22 April at the Al Maqassed Hospital in Amman, Jordan.
This campaign, carried out by three volunteer Jordanian doctors from La Chaîne de l’Espoir in the Al Maqassed Hospital, was put in place in order to detect malformations during consultations and provide the corresponding treatments.
The consultations were organized under two poles : cardiac surgery and orthopedic surgery. Dr Abed Al Lateef Shammot, a pediatrician, was in charge of the cardiac side whereas Dr Yasir Al Omary and Dr Omer Hanatleh took charge of the orthopedic pole, carrying out clinical and ultrasound examinations.
Detecting cardiac and orthopedic malformations in new-born babies
A total of 82 new-born babies were examined by the volunteer doctors of La Chaîne de l’Espoir. Only 23 of them were in need of follow-up or treatment : 8 little patients will therefore receive non-invasive orthopedic treatment, 3 will be treated during upcoming orthopedic surgery missions and 12 will be looked after by the Jordanian cardiologist Dr Imad Kreishat.
Training Jordanian doctors
Another objective of this campaign was to train local doctors, enabling them to subsequently detect malformations at birth and provide appropriate treatment. The Jordanian volunteers of La Chaîne de l’Espoir taught three orthopedic surgeons how to do ultrasound examinations as well as training one GP and two nurses on early detection techniques.
For the last 7 years, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has come to the aid of refugee children and vulnerable Jordanians thanks to the help and financial support of The European Union - Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Many of them suffer from malformations which were not detected at birth and which are more difficult to treat surgically when they are older. This is why the early detection missions led by La Chaîne de l’Espoir are indispensable to detect malformations and treat them rapidly.