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Dear Collegaues, dear Friends,

I would like to invite you for a mission concerning neurosurgical work.

As you know, a lot of African countries are in a very difficult situation in the field of health care. The neurosurgical network is especially underdeveloped. The aim of our neurosurgical mission would be to help the improvement of this area of medicine.

Between 26 of December 2016 and 8 January 2017 I visited eight Nigerian Christian  Hospitals in three states of Nigeria, including Enugu, Anambra, and Ebony, to assess the facilities.

There are private hospital networks which are available only for rich people due to the high fees they charge for their services. Consequently, only 1% of the population can use these health institutions. Besides, there is a  network of governmental hospitals where the patients also have to pay for  any treatment, so these hospitals are  available only for the upper-middle class. It means that maximum 15% of the population has access to proper treatment. Practically for 80-85% of the population private and governmental medical care is absolutely unavailable. As a third option there is a network of hospitals run by the Christian Church.

These hospitals serve the under middle-class patients for a minimum fee and provide free treatment for the poor especially in severe cases.

Generally, governmental and Christian hospitals are not equipped with CTs, microscopes, C arms and there are no neurosurgical units.

Finally I managed to locate the St. Charles Borromeo Cath. Hospital in Onitsha City (with population of 2 million in Anambra State) which hospital has a Toshiba CT. They received the equipment 2 years ago.

In this hospital we would like to open a neurosurgical unit with the strong support of the Archbishop and the Directory of the hospital. In this state only one neurosurgeon works in a governmental hospital.

In the framework of the mission the plan is to provide continuous presence of one neurosurgeon in monthly turns. I am convinced we can ask for a two- week leave from our hospitals and add 2 weeks of our paid holiday to be able to provide the one-month mission in Nigeria,
The fee of the flight to Nigeria (Lagos) (costs about 700EU) would be financed by  sponsors or foundations or privately and other sources. Our local transportation, accommodation and food etc. would be paid by the Archbishop and the Church.

The aim of our mission is not only to provide  relatively acceptable neurosurgical treatment but to train three local doctors who could continue neurosurgical work after our mission will have been completed, in this region. In my opinion the mission would last 3 or for 4 years.

We are looking forward to your applications. If you are interested, please send me an email and I will provide more information and we can work out the details.

The name of the mission: Neurosurgical Mission under Blessed Holy Mary Medjugorje (We got the call in Medjugorje with Fr.Francis Chiawa who is a Nigerian priest)
Motto: "We are a drop in the ocean, but the ocean consists of drops.” To do something  good for Jesus” (Mother Teresa)

Sincerely yours,

András Csókay M.D.Ph.D. Chief of Neurosurgical Department
Hungarian Defence Forces Military Hospital, Budapest,Hungary
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