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On February 10, Bai Sesay, who had been blinded by cataracts, visited our base in Freetown shortly after cataract surgery to his left eye. His right eye was still recovering from cataract surgery done over one week before.

Bai Sesay

Many people in Sierra Leone go blind due to infections that can often be cured. Some eye ailments, such as glaucoma, can be controlled with medication. Others, such as cataracts and pterygium, can be successfully treated with surgery. Every year Africa Surgery helps scores of people to preserve or regain their vision and see the world clearly again.

Adema Tarawallie

Adema Tarawallie/Ponti Tarawallie

Adema Tarawallie, age 40, first came to us in July 2020. For five years a bone tumor had been growing and consuming her lower jaw. Dr. Davis, the oral surgeon mentioned above, can remove her tumor by removing her entire lower jaw, but he does not have the necessary equipment or the titanium implant needed to reconstruct her face afterwards.

Dr. Don Davis (left) and his apprentice George Elba (right), taking a break in Dr. Davis’ clinic, back in February 2016.

From Ukraine to Sierra Leone: a success story

There is no school of Dentistry in Sierra Leone. So, in December 2016, Dr. Don Davis, our oral surgeon in Freetown, asked me if Africa Surgery could sponsor his apprentice, George Julian Elba, to attend dental school in Ukraine.

An ORMS technician assists while her friends look on

Fatmata Sesay

A massive mudslide killed over 1000 people, many buried alive while sleeping, in the early morning of August 14, 2017. It was the worst (but not the first) of such disasters to occur in Freetown, where coastal mountains are overpopulated by impoverished people who cannot afford plots on more levelled terrain.

Jariatu Koroma

She was born with a badly deformed lower right leg. At 7 months, in 2010, she had her first surgery when the Mercy Ship was anchored in the Freetown Harbor. Africa Surgery arranged a …

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