Hydrocephalus & Spina Bifida
In Ethiopia each year, at least 2,500 children are born with hydrocephalus (aka “water on the brain”) and/or spina bifida. In the past, these babies did not survive. Today, ReachAnother Foundation (RAF) helps these children get life-saving surgery which, when performed early enough, will allow them to grow into normal adults.
The Gift of Live-Saving Surgery
In cooperation with neurosurgeons Drs. Hagos, Abat and Mersha, the first graduates from the Addis Ababa University’s neurosurgeon training program, RAF launched a Hydrocephalus Campaign for Ethiopia in 2011, an innovative initiative that makes operating room facilities available on weekends for surgery on these overlooked babies.
By the end of 2015, RAF had facilitated surgery for more than 1000 babies, with a goal of 5,000 surgeries by 2020.
Today, the first Hydrocephalus Campaign has reached capacity and RAF is working with Ethiopian public health officials to find a second campaign location and, therefore, increase the number of surgeries dramatically.