Cross-border Emergency Response in Congo (2012)

The mission in Congo took place soon after the dramatic blasts that occurred at an army arms dump in Brazzaville in March 2012. At least 250 people died and local hospitals were overflowing with injuries. Reports estimated that total injured people exceeded 2’300.

In this context, Philia decided to extend the hand of solidarity across borders and set up an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) composed of Congolese, French and British health professionals (doctors, surgeons, nurses, paramedics, etc.) trained to treat patients affected by a disaster.

The Albert Leyono clinic served as an ambulatory surgical center (ASC) allowing to perform sixty outpatient surgical procedures in a very short time. Among others, these included operations on diverse bone fractures and various types of hernia.

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